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always cold

10/03/2011

Question:

My son is 8 years old. And he is always cold, it can be 100 outside and he is literly shacking. He had reflux surgury in May 2011 for both sides. And in November he will have it again because one side didnt take. Does that have anything to do with it of is it something else? I SUFFER from being anemic I go for iron infussions. He hasnt gained anything in 2 years. Hes very fit and strong he has no fat on his body hes very very picky.

Answer:

It is difficult to give a full answer to this question as it is somewhat unusual for an eight-year old to require surgery for reflux and I am not certain what is meant by "both sides". That said, cold intolerance is one of several symptoms of hypothyroidism (low thyroid). Have you discussed this possibility with your pediatric health care provider?

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Sarah Sauntry, RN, MS, CPNP-PC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati