Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism in Children

Updated at: Nov 20, 2012
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism in Children

Hyperthyroidism can occur at any age and there are chances that your children get affected. Know what the symptoms of this disease in children are.

Arka Roy Chowdhury
ThyroidWritten by: Arka Roy ChowdhuryPublished at: Sep 06, 2012

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism in ChildrenHyperthyroidism implies an increased level of thyroid hormone being secreted. Thyroxin is a hormone secreted by the thyroid gland which gets carried to the different parts of the body with the help of through the blood stream. It keeps the bodily functions from going haywire and helps in the body’s metabolism. So, when the thyroid gland is overactive, it begins to secrete thyroxin in excess. This condition can cause many complications in the body. [Read: The Causes for Hyperthyroidism]


Thyroid problems are not rare in children and can be found as commonly as they are found in adults. It is likely that children with hyperthyroidism will be short and over-weight. 


[Read: Can you Gain Weight with Hyperthyroidism]


Here are some symptoms found in children with hyperthyroidism:


  • Sleep Disturbances – A child with hyperthyroidism has the sympathetic nervous system in an over active state. This nervous system is responsible for an increase in the heart rate during anxiety, such as when doing a bungee jump. This makes them feel restless even when they are asleep. Tossing and turning will be usual and they will often wake up feeling tired.
  • Emotional Disturbances – One of the first symptoms of hyperthyroidism is feeling a variety of emotions in a very short span of time.  Children may get very excited or irritated fast and this frustration may cause them to shed tears more than usual.
  • Eye Related Problems – Children with hyperthyroidism often do complain about eye pain or decreased vision. This may also mean just the usual eye problems, but it is better to get him or her checked and find what is causing the problems. The eye may get affected by high levels of hormones.
  • Growth Acceleration – Along with a child’s height, his or her bones may also mature abnormally fast. The level of growth depends on the level of hormonal rise and the time span of the same.
  • Heart Related Symptoms – one of the symptoms among children suffering from this disease is that they will sweat more than usual and their skin will feel moist and warm to touch. The warm feeling is due to an increase in the blood flow. Also, they face heat intolerance, which makes them feel overly warm in places where they were comfortable earlier.


These symptoms may also mean that there are other problems that you can never know for sure unless you get your children checked. So, do visit a doctor and be sure of your child’s condition whenever you notice unusual behaviour.


Read more on Hyperthyroidism Signs and Symptoms




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