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A thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test is one of several blood tests used to check for thyroid gland problems. TSH causes the thyroid gland to make other important hormones that help control your child's metabolism.
This test is done to:
Talk to the doctor about all of your child's health conditions before the test. For example, tell the doctor about all medicines your child takes. If your child takes thyroid medicines, tell the doctor when your child took the last dose. Your child may need to stop taking thyroid medicines for a short time before having these tests. Extreme stress and illness can also affect thyroid test results.
A health professional uses a needle to take a blood sample, usually from the arm.
A heel stick is used to get a blood sample from a baby. The baby's heel is poked, and several drops of blood are collected. Your baby may have a tiny bruise where the heel was poked.
The test will take a few minutes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Adaptation Date: 3/19/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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