If you have
hypothyroidism, see your doctor once a year so your
condition can be closely checked and your treatment adjusted, if necessary.
Be sure to take thyroid hormone medicine correctly. Talk
with your doctor if you don't understand the reason for taking medicine
regularly or if you think you have any side effects from the medicine. You
usually need to have regular blood tests to determine whether you are receiving
the correct amount of thyroid hormone.
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hypothyroidism also need to see a doctor regularly because the amount of
thyroid hormone medicine they need changes as they grow. Untreated
hypothyroidism in infants and very young children can have severe consequences.
As soon as you think your child is able to understand (usually around age 9 or 10), teach him or her about
hypothyroidism, the importance of taking medicine correctly, and why regular
health checkups are important.
Some health food stores in the
United States sell "natural" forms of thyroid hormone. The quality and
effectiveness of these natural agents are unregulated. Some may not work at
all. Others may have an active ingredient that does work but that may be
dangerous to certain people.