Understanding alopecia in children

One of the more common signs of aging for both men and women is thinning hair and hair loss, but it can be extremely surprising when parents notice hair loss and thinning in their young child. While it might come as a shock, it is not actually uncommon for children to experience hair loss. In most situations where a child has hair loss, they might be struggling with a condition such as a scalp disorder. Children seen by a dermatological professional will be able to get a better understanding of what is causing their hair loss and get a definitive diagnosis for effective treatment.

Understanding alopecia

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. There are many reasons why alopecia may be diagnosed. Some of the reasons why a child might experience this condition include:

  • Chemotherapy treatments
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Excessive heat (i.e. blow-drying the hair)
  • Newborn hair loss
  • Chemical use
  • Tight hair ties
  • Friction hair loss

What treatments are used to address alopecia in children?

The best way for Drs. Todd and Kent Remington to determine the best treatment for a child experiencing hair thinning and loss starts with a proper diagnosis. Then, once it is more understood by the dermatological professionals, treatment options can be discussed. In situations such as chemotherapy, a child will often experience hair regrowth after completing their treatments. Hair loss and thinning from actions such as tight hair ties and blow-drying can be easily addressed by halting these activities and allowing the hair to grow back. Alopecia that occurs as a result of nutrition deficiencies or hypothyroidism can also be reversed with proper treatment for the body, including replacement of nutrients and medication therapies for those diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

Discuss your child’s hair loss with the dermatological team at Remington Laser Dermatology Centre

Drs. Todd Remington and Kent Remington of Calgary, AB understand how your child’s thinning or loss of hair can spark a series of questions. If you are in need of an evaluation for your child to determine the source of the problem, we strongly encourage you to book an appointment at our practice, conveniently located at 150-7220 Fisher Street SE.

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