Congenital Hypothyroidism

Congenital hypothyroidism is a partial or entire loss of function of the thyroid gland that affects children from birth. In many cases, congenital hypothyroidism shows little to no symptoms, while in other cases it shows developmental and intellectual disability if left untreated.

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My 10-week-old baby is not gaining weight and refuses to drink milk from the bottle. What can I do to make her drink more milk and increase her weight?

Query: 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 wake...  Read Full »

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Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 the...  Read Full »

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