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Is congenital hypothyroidism serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Congenital hypothyroidism can be serious if it is not treated soon after birth. Congenital hypothyroidism can affect your child's growth, both mentally and physically. Some children with congenital hypothyroidism develop mental retardation. However, if your child is treated within the first month of life, you can preempt the serious effects of this condition. If you are concerned about congenital hypothyroidism, be sure your child's thyroid function is tested shortly after birth.

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