Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH) - Diseases and Conditions Identified in Children

Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH)


Primary congenital hypothyroidism (CH) is a condition that affects the body’s thyroid gland, a small organ in the lower neck. People with CH are unable to produce enough thyroid hormone, a chemical that is essential for healthy growth and development. If left untreated, CH can cause sluggishness, slow growth, and learning delays. However, if detected early and treatment is begun at that time, individuals with CH often can lead healthy lives.

For more information about congenital hypothyroidism, please see the Parent Guidebook: Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH) (PDF) or visit Baby's First Test: Primary Congenital Hypothyroidism. A listing of contact information for Minnesota endocrinologists and other providers/clinics serving children affected with or undergoing evaluation for conditions that can be detected through Minnesota newborn screening is available upon request.