Kids and Hair Loss
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Just like adults, it’s normal for children to shed a small amount of hair in a day. However, there are certain conditions that cause kids to suffer from more hair loss.
In fact, hair loss accounts for around 3% of pediatrician visits. The following are medical conditions that most commonly cause hair loss in children...
Medical Conditions Causing Hair Loss in Children
Tinea Capitis is the most common cause of hair loss among kids. It is an infection that occurs as a result of ringworm infections which attack the hair leading to ring-like, scaly lesions in the head.
Tinea Capitis is a contagious infection, and spreads quickly among children in school. It can affect not just the hair in the scalp, but also the eyelashes and eyebrows. The affected area shows scaly or flaky skin, and has hairs that look like they are broken at the surface. The first sign of Tinea Capitis symptoms usually appears at the scalp or affected area, but ultraviolet lights may also be used to confirm a diagnosis. Tinea Capitis can be treated through special hair growth shampoo and anti-fungal medications for several weeks.
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Around 10-15% of hair on kids’ heads are usually in the Telogen Phase. But in the case of Telogen Effluvium, most or all hairs are in the Telogen Phase. If left untreated, Telogen Effluvium may lead to partial or complete baldness. Telogen Effluvium may occur in children for several reasons such as extreme fever, side effects of anesthesia, injury, overdose of Vitamin A, or severe stress.
Telogen Effluvium is usually diagnosed through careful medical examinations. Telogen Effluvium typically resolves on its own with no need for medications, but the healing process can be sped up by using hair growth shampoo and taking hair growth vitamins.
Kids can also experience Alopecia Areata, which is when patches of hair suddenly fall. Alopecia Areata hair fall in children is similar to that of adults, wherein it forms an oval or round pattern on the scalp. Alopecia Areata affects children when their immune system mistakenly attacks its own hair follicles. Although there is no known cure for Alopecia Areata, medications and vitamins can be prescribed to encourage hair growth.
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Hair Shaft Trauma (and Trichotillomania)
Essentially, hair shaft trauma is physical stress on the hair. It’s a common cause of hair loss among children, which occurs due to constant pulling of the hair. Kids may be prone to hair shaft trauma when they use tight braids and ponytails often, but it can also happen if a child has a condition called Trichotillomania. In some cases, hair shaft trauma can heal on its own but sometimes, it may continue for a long time and may eventually end up in scars.
Other Causes of Hair Loss in Children
There are also non-medical factors that can cause hair loss in children. These include harsh chemicals in hair care products, high heat treatments, and when brushes are used excessively on wet hair.
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