Support for Congenital Hypothyroidism
Endocrinologists at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone collaborate with pediatricians to ensure that children with congenital hypothyroidism continue to grow and meet developmental milestones. Our doctors can also give advice about which foods or nutrients your child should avoid, such as soy-based formulas and iron, which can prevent the body from absorbing thyroid medication.
Thanks to mandatory newborn screening, most babies with congenital hypothyroidism are identified and treated immediately after birth. However, people born before 1993—when newborn screening for this condition began—may have had a delay in treatment. Our specialists provide ongoing support for those with complications of untreated congenital hypothyroidism, such as developmental delays and intellectual disability. Your child’s doctor can also connect you with other specialists who treat these conditions.
Families may also seek support from the Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone, which can provide information to help families and children understand congenital hypothyroidism and the importance of continuing treatment.