in a nutshell, it is everywhere and it affects everything! Thyroid disease plays a major role in just about every function in one's body. It is no different in the child with DS. In fact, hypothyroidism is a condition that is MORE common in children with Down syndrome. Consider these facts from Mary Shomon AKA the thyroid "guru" http://thyroid.about.com/cs/testsforthyroid/ht/interpretresult.htm
"Hypothyroidism is typically diagnosed by a combination of blood tests (including TSH, Free T4, Free T3, and thyroid antibodies), clinical examination, and evaluation of the symptoms. The clinical exam looks for slowed reflexes, enlarged neck, puffiness in the face, swelling in the hands and feet, and other symptoms of hypothyroidism. Some key risk factors for hypothyroidism include a personal or family history or thyroid or autoimmune disease, recent pregnancy, female gender, and Down syndrome, among others. Symptoms and risk factors in addition to Down syndrome in infants include: infant drinks soy formula infant has family members with thyroid or autoimmune disorder infant has puffy face or swollen tongue infant has horse cry infant has cold extreme ties infant has mottled skin infant has low muscle tone infant is not eating well infant has course hair that goes low on forehead infant has large soft spot infant has prolonged jaundice infant has herniated bellybutton infant is lethargic infant sleeps most of time infant seems tired even while awake infant has persistent constipation infant is bloated or full to the touch infant has little to no growth
So, seems easy to address, right? Problem is most Dr's don't treat the thyroid if it falls within "normal" range. We parents don't ask for copies of labs so we can read them ourselves and do the research and ask questions. The "normal" range isn't normal and quite frankly the studies show when TSH is over 4 it should be treated.
Take the time to do the research and see a specialist. It is too important to take the lab at face value.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11 Our unexpected journey with Down syndrome, babies with heart conditions, T21, and AVSD.
Lara, 40 year old wife to Michael (married 17 years, best years of my life)! Mom to 4 wonderful kids! Taylor, 11, Mallory, 8, Madeline, 6, and Parker born 5/23/09. We found out after delivery Parker has Down syndrome and a complete AVSD. He was scheduled to have open heart surgery at 4-6months, but God intervened! His surgery was postponed until July 2010 and God healed his VSD hole in the process. So, on July 20, 2010, Parker had open heart surgery to repair his transitional AV canal defect. He was in ICU for less than 24hours and home in 72 hours. We never looked back! I own an Executive Search Firm focused on Accounting/Financial placement (used to work in Big 4). Actively involved in my kids activites and school; all are competitive swimmers and son Taylor plays tournament baseball. Girls do tumbling as well. Avid runner and boot camp fanatic. Used to be a competitive figure skater growing up. LOVE to shop, ebay/etsy crazed, addicted to Starbucks non-fat lattes, a child of the KING, thankful that we are saved by faith and grace!