Q. Can hypothyroidism be present in newborns and infants?

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Dr. Sajeev Kumar
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This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 12, 2022 and last reviewed on: Jul 13, 2022

Hello doctor,

My baby’s birth weight was 3 kilograms, and at six weeks, 3.6 kilograms, then later at ten weeks, it was 4.3 kilograms. The doctor said she is not gaining weight quickly. She refuses to drink milk from the bottle, only drinks from one breast, sleep for 30 minutes or so, and then wakes up again. How do I get her to drink from the bottle? She was drinking from a bottle for a short time when she was around four weeks old, then I stopped that and just breastfed her.



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You have to check her thyroid profile as hypothyroidism leads to poor feeding and loss of weight. If the blood parameters are normal, you must keep feeding her; she will gain weight with time. Never bottle feed and do exclusive breastfeeding till four months, and then you can start giving homemade solid foods in small amounts.

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