Pediatric Hypothyroidism: Implications for Down Syndrome and Autism
This talk was shown at the Autism One conference in May 2014. It was organised by Down Syndrome OPTIONs. Please click on the image above or here to watch it. The handout for the talk can be found here.
Dr Erica Peirson ND
Nearly all children with Down syndrome require thyroid gland support. Diagnosis of hypothyroidism has greatly changed in the last 40 years. Patients are no longer treated based on very obvious symptoms. Doctors need to return to a better understanding of the clinical signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism and stop treating numbers on a page instead of treating patients. Tragically, many children with Down syndrome who have obvious signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism are going untreated resulting in preventable delayed development.
Many studies exist to support the connection between hypothyroidism and Down syndrome. Hypothyroidism in the mother is also connected to the development of Down syndrome within the child and should be recognized and addressed to avoid neurological damage to the unborn child. Dr. Peirson will review the physiology of thyroid hormone and it's connections to the neurological development and overall health of children with Down syndrome.
Dr. Erica Peirson is a licensed Naturopathic Physician who specializes in helping children with Down Syndrome, Autism and special needs. Dr. Peirson sees patients privately at the Peirson Centre for Children in Oregon. She also lectures, whenever possible, to help spread awareness to parents and physicians that the symptoms of Down Syndrome are treatable.