Acquired hypothyroidism, sometimes called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, is a condition that does not allow the thyroid gland to make enough thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland is found in the neck and is shaped like a butterfly.

Thyroid hormones help with energy level and help the heart, liver, kidney and skin.

Acquired hypothyroidism can be found in boys and girls of any age.

Acquired hypothyroidism is easily treated. Children who have untreated hypothyroidism have trouble growing, starting puberty and may not develop normally. Most children require life-long treatment.