Hello I have Hashimotos and I am concerned about my 8 year old daughter. She has cold hands and feet, gets cold easily, has bad anxiety, trouble falling asleep, fidgets lots. I was concerned about a year ago actually and had her tested. The test results seemed OK to me but I feel her symptoms have slightly worsened. Would you say with the following results that her T4 is a bit low?
TSH 1.97 (0.27-4.2)
T3 5.7 (3.1-6.8)
T4 14 (12-22)
Her antibodies were well below the range.
I was just wondering if we have some sort of hereditary pituitary issue? Maybe I’m being paranoid!
Can I ask where you had her tested too?
My 12yr old is very much like I was growing up, I have hypothyroidism and have since tested positive for antibodies suggesting Hashimotos (which would fit my symptoms over the years)
I never crossed my mind that she could have an issue with her thyroid until the nurse suggested it a few weeks ago!! I just don’t know how to go about testing her as I know medichecks, who I use, don’t test on under 18s, and I know the GP who at best would be reluctant to test her, would only test TSH!
Thank you x
Blue Horizon will test children.
Really? Do they charge more for this and they of course would then use the correct reference ranges for them too?
Thank you MaisieGray (sorry I don’t know how to tag on the app! I can on the normal pages lol!)
When I spoke to them about it, they didn't mention charging extra, and I can't think why they would charge more. They take the view that if the parent believes there's a need for their child to be tested, then it's the parent's choice and that's fine by them. Presumably the child's age/DOB would be provided together with the other standard details, when returning the filled vials, and appropriate reference intervals applied by the lab. You could phone them and raise any questions you have, they always seem very approachable.
Thank you MaisieGray, you’re always very helpful and knowledgeable and I appreciate the replies. It is something I will definitely look into as it’s something I believe now is a strong possibility especially considering our family history!
My grandad is hypo, my ex mother in law (Gracies Nan) is hyper, and I have Hashimotos! (Bless, reading it like that, my girl doesn’t stand a chance lol!)