International Thyroid Awareness Week 2020
May 25 - May 31
The theme for 2020 is Thyroid issues: Mother and Baby
A correct level of thyroid hormones during pregnancy is essential for the proper development of the unborn child. Children need thyroid hormones to have proper development and growth – before and after birth! Some infants are born without a thyroid gland – congenital hypothyroidism (CHT). CHT is a condition resulting from an absent or under-developed thyroid gland (dysgenesis) or one that has developed but cannot make thyroid hormone because of a ‘production line’ problem (dyshormonogenesis). Babies with CHT cannot produce enough thyroid hormone for the body’s needs – but correctly diagnosed, in the first days after birth, and with a correct treatment (supplementing the thyroid hormones their gland cannot produce) and regular follow-up, they can have a perfectly normal life.