Congenital hypothyroidism

Congenital hypothyroidism affects approximately one in every 3,500 babies born in Scotland. Babies affected by this condition are unable to produce enough of the hormone thyroxine which is needed for healthy mental and physical development. This condition is corrected by giving thyroxine as a medicine by mouth, which will help the baby to grow normally. However, if left untreated it will result in slower than normal growth and severe learning difficulties.

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