Wow this is a hard one. There is very little out there on childhood Hashimoto’s. Here is a good place to start, an active support group called Hashimoto’s in Children on Facebook.
I like the links by the moms that have had to deal with diagnosis of and finding treatment for their own children. It’s scary to watch your child decline and to have no idea what to do or where to go to get treatment. The only ones to understand this are parents or caregivers of a child with Hashimoto’s. See the links at the bottom of this post.
The best thing I have found is to find a functional medicine doctor that specializes in Hashimoto’s. If you’re not sure it is Hashimoto’s a functional doctor is a still a good beginning. They will look at your symptoms first not the tests but a good functional medicine doctor will also get testing done. Sometimes TSH and antibody levels can look “normal” or low but symptoms are still present that’s because we are all different and what is normal for some is not normal for all. You just need a doctor that will listen, is a lifetime learner and willing to try what’s been shown to work. If your doctor is waiting for the research to catch up then your progress will be very slow.
Take a look at some support groups on my Community & Support page. You’ll see the people who have had the most success are not seeing a conventional doctor most of the time.
That’s not to say there are no great conventional doctors out there. Amy Meyers, MD is a great example, she has Hashimoto’s and her book The Autoimmune Solution is a fantastic resource. My favorite by far is Dr. Izabella Wentz, Pharm D. Her documentary is incredible due to her interviews with so many different doctors. The documentary actually sped up my own recovery after watching it and getting supplements, LDN and putting into place protocols that were suggested.
I guess what I’m saying is to find a good doctor that listens so that your child can get back to doing all the things they used to. The listening part is so important. Find support groups and do some research so you can start trying things like supplements, reducing stress and diet change on your own.
Dr. Izabella Wentz, Pharm D;
Natural Endocrine Solutions;