Children Hair Loss

Children hair loss is not normal, neither for them nor adults. But in the case of children, it is more difficult to assimilate. They should only worry about studying or playing, although not exactly in that order.

So, you can imagine the anguish, frustration, and helplessness that this condition can cause, both in children and in their parents. After all, they wouldn't expect the joy of living to be taken away from them.

The good news is children, unlike adults, usually recover quickly from hair loss. In other words, this loss can be considered temporary.

Therefore, the first thing I will consider will be hair growth in children, then the causes of children hair loss. What are the four most common, plus one of the rare conditions that could affect any child.

Hair Growth in Children

Hair growth in children varies from one to another, but it is normal for their hair to grow half an inch each month. That is about six inches in a year.

Of course, if you don't see your child's hair growing at that rate, the hair looks very fine, or he has lost or is losing hair, it is a cause for concern for parents.

Conditions such as ringworm, trichotillomania, traction alopecia, and diet can greatly influence how your child's hair looks at this time and how long it grows.

Hair Loss in Children Causes

To face a problem, you always have to go to the root to master it. There are different causes of children hair loss, like scalp infections, and endocrine, genetic, physical, and emotional factors. Let's look at different causes below.      

·        Alopecia Areata

·        Anemia

·        Bacterial Infections

·        Blower

·        Chemicals

·        Chemotherapy

·        Diabetes

·        Medications

·        Nutritional Deficiency

·        Pili Torti

·        Seborrheic Dermatitis

·        Stress

·        Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

·        Telogen Effluvium

·        Thyroid Disorders

·        Tinea Capitis

·        Traction Alopecia

·        Trichotillomania

Certainly, some diseases and conditions lead to hair loss in children, but as I mentioned, we will look at the four most common causes of hair loss in children, starting with the different types of alopecia.   

Children Alopecia

The word alopecia basically means hair loss. That's why children alopecia is the same as children hair loss. But alopecia is considered apart because there are different types. Which ones are the most common in children?

·         Alopecia areata happens when the immune system attacks scalp follicles. So, what is attacked is the hair follicles, according to WebMD. It would affect the head and other body parts.

·         Traction alopecia is the type of hair loss related to tight hairstyles, like hair rollers, ponytails, braids, and other hairstyles that cause tension to the hair.

·        Androgenetic alopecia, also known as pattern baldness. It is the most common alopecia in adults, but it can also occur in children. The sign of pattern baldness is a receding hairline that is shaped like an "M".

Of course, this is a mild description of some types of alopecia. If you want to know what others are missing, be alert, because soon I will make an article with a more complete description of all types of alopecia.

Ringworm un Scalp

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Ringworm is a highly contagious skin disease that can affect almost any area of the body, including the scalp. This infection produces a rash on the skin that gives the appearance of a coiled worm.

But other than that, it is not caused by a worm, as others might think. Rather, this condition is caused by a fungus, which if it is on the head is called tinea capitis. But, where does that name come from?

The word tinea means fungal infection of the skin, and capitis, of the head. That's the fungus that primarily affects the scalp, and children are one of its favorite targets.

Children Hair Loss and Nutrition

Much cases of children hair loss is due to nutritional deficiencies. Remember when we were little and our parents chased us to eat vegetables? We may not eat them yet.

Well, let's put ourselves in the children's shoes. It's not easy for them to want to eat well, but we know they need to grow up healthy, and that includes their hair and scalp.        

What type of nutritional deficiency can cause hair loss in the child? I will list the deficiencies, or rather, what nutrients are missing, which if they are not, causes hair to fall out. Which are?

1) Biotin

2) Copper

3) Iron

4) L-Cystine

5) Omega 3, or Fatty Acids

6) Omega 6, or Alpha-Linoleic Acid

7) Protein

8) Vitamin B-1 or Thiamine

9) Vitamin B-3, or Niacin

10) Vitamin B-5, or Pantothenic Acid

11) Vitamin B-6, Pyridoxine

12) Vitamin B-9, or Folic Acid

13) Vitamin B-12, or Cobalamin

14) Vitamin C, or Ascorbic Acid

15) Vitamin D

16) Vitamin E

17) Selenium

18) Zinc

The list of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins is quite large. You won't expect a single food to contain all the nutrients, right? It is a matter of knowing which nutrients each food contains.

Telogen Effluvium

Another cause of children hair loss is telogen effluvium, but it also affects adults. If you want to know more about this condition, read the Telogen Effluvium article.

Although there's the other side of the coin, known as Chronic Telogen Effluvium. It can be said that telogen effluvium is a natural stage of the human being, but the chronic version is the abnormal one. For more information, click on this link.

Trichotillomania in Children

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Trichotillomania in children is very similar to that in adults. This is a mental condition, with fewer than 200,000 cases a year in E U, also known as a hair-pulling disorder, because it causes an urge to pull out hair.

They may have a desire to pull hair from the scalp, eyebrows, and other areas of the body. Some pull out their hair in portions, and others do it hair by hair. If it is on the head, it can create patches that cause anxiety and frustration.

Although there are adults who can handle the situation, for children it is not so easy, because they do not yet have the emotional tools to do it.

However, some treatments reduce the need for hair pulling or eliminate the condition.

Children's hair loss is not normal, neither for them nor for adults. Anyway, if it's normal, why does it cause so much frustration and suffering?

But if parents take proper measures, they can help their children only to worry about studying and playing, for having mastered their hair loss.