Hair loss does not only affect adults but children and teens as well. Whether your child has thinning hair or distinct bald spots, the loss of hair can be frightening. One of the most evident culprits is childhood cancer, in which the hair follicles are affected by the chemotherapy. Other common causes include:
Tinea Capitis (ringworm of the scalp) is one of the more common causes of hair loss. It isoften distinguished by red circular lesions, hair loss, and a scaly border that may be itchy
Hair Pulling or stroking can be a habit for infants and toddlers, just like thumb sucking, sucking
on a pacifier, or rubbing a blanket. It usually stops when kids are around two or three years old, just like thumb sucking, although some continue
pulling until they are three to five years old.
Bacterial Infections can causes some hair loss that appears similar to tinea capitis with scaling. But instead of being caused by ringworm, it is often caused by the staph aureaus bacteria.
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disorder in which the child's immune's system attacks the hair follicles which causes complete hair loss in round or oval patches on a child's scalp or other body part. Unlike ringworm, the scalp involved in the round patches of alopecia areata is completely smooth, without redness or scale.
Traction Alopecia is common in kids who wear tight braids or ponytails and in newborns and infants who lose hair on the back of their head from rubbing it against their crib.
Trichotillomania is thought to be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder and is defined as a child or teen who compulsively pulls out their hair, feels tension before pulling or when trying to resist pulling, and feels pleasure, gratification, or relief when pulling their hair out. These children have noticeable hair loss and often need treatment from a child psychiatrist and/or child psychologist who specializes in trichotillomania.
Alopecia Totalis and alopecia universalis are similar to alopecia areata, except that the child loses all scalp hair (alopecia totalis) or all scalp hair and all body hair (alopecia universalis). The chances for treatment success and hair regrowth are less for alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis than they are for alopecia areata. A pediatric dermatologist can help treat your child with any of these disorders.
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