Causes can include:
In some cases, the cause is unknown.
A child is at risk for if he or she has any of these:
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. They can include:
The symptoms of hypoparathyroidism can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Your child's healthcare provider will consider his or her age, overall health, and other factors when advising treatment. Your child may need to see a pediatric endocrinologist. This is a doctor with extra training in treating children with hormone problems.
Treatment may include an infusion of calcium through an IV. This can give relief of symptoms right away. Your child may also need to take calcium and vitamin D supplements for life. Your child may get parathyroid hormone injections if they still have a low calcium level after taking calcium and vitamin D.
If untreated, the condition can cause serious complications such as:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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