Hair loss is one of the greatest projecting problems in today's world. It is not uncommon for a child to experience hair loss, but excessive hair loss in children may come as a result of a health condition, or a non-medical state. Hair loss can take effect in a child's emotional being, and for that, it is essential to see a doctor for treatment. Even though, if you know what exactly is causing the hair loss, it becomes even more comfortable for the doctor to get to treat you.
What are the significant conditions that result in a child's hair loss?
Tinea capitis is the chief common cause of children's hair loss. It is a kind of ringworm that attacks the hair causing the formation of the scaly, ring-like scratches, which often leaves the hair broken at the surface. Tinea capitis is transmittable, especially amongst school-aged children. It can affect the eyebrows, eyelashes and the scalp.
This is an autoimmune illness that roots hair loss. It is not contagious. It occurs when your immune system attacks the hair follicles. It comes in several forms such as sudden falling out of hair from the scalp, in a round or an oval pattern. Bald patches which are smooth, start forming on the child's scalp. The child may end up losing hair in the whole body.
Telogen is a condition in which hair stops growing prematurely, and enters a resting phase. During such, old hair falls out to let new hair grow. It is a part of the usual hair growth cycle. During this process, in children, much hair is lost than usual. After which partial or complete baldness may occur in a child. Telogen effluvium may occur due to various reasons such as high fever, severe emotional trauma, an overdose of vitamin A, or extreme injury.
Nutrients are significant for all body parts. Hairs also require different types of nutrients such as zinc, iron, proteins, amino acids, and many more. Lack of these nutrients for the hair will make the hair thin and weak. Note that too much vitamin A will also result in hair loss. Your child will not go through hair loss caused by nutritional deficiency if you consider a healthy and varied diet. A pediatrician can also recommend a healthy diet for your child's nutritional shortfall.
In your neck, there is a gland that releases hormones which assist in controlling your body metabolism. It is known as the thyroid. If the thyroid fails to make enough hormones that it needs for it to function correctly, the condition is called hypothyroidism. Its symptoms are tiredness, weight gain, constipation, and dry hair and hair loss.
If treated with thyroid hormone, the hair loss should stop. The treatment involves replacing deficient hormones depending on your child's age, his or her tolerance for particular medications, and your opinion. It takes few months for the hair to regrow.
Hair Shaft Trauma
This refers to the physical stress applied to hair. Hair shaft trauma can be caused by excessive friction on the hair, such as rubbing against the pillow and consistent pulling of the hair, such as tight braids.
Do you pull your child's hair back into a tight bun? Oh no! This causes trauma to the hair follicles to add on that, combing hair too hard will also cause your child's hair to fall out. Kids with a mental condition called trichotillomania are likely to experience this. Trichotillomania causes individuals to pull out their hair.
Kids receiving chemotherapy treatment will lose their hair. If your child has cancer and he or she is about to undergo chemotherapy, the chances of losing his or her hair are so real. Chemotherapy drugs are powerful, and they destroy the dividing cells in the body. This comprises the cells in the hair roots. It may cause hair to lose all over the body. Your child's hair should grow back once the treatment is finished.
Maybe you did not know, but excess heat from blow-drying can damage your child's hair and cause it to fall out. Though it is the easiest way to speed up the drying process, it is unhealthy for your kid's hair. The scalp takes most of the damage of blow-drying.
The levels of heat from a blow dryer are up to 500 degrees. This is the level of heat that dries up your child's scalp and removes the natural oil from the strands. Instead, you can use a low heat setting to dry your child's hair. Also, to minimize the heat exposure, you do not have to blow it dry daily.
Are you worried about your child's hair loss? What are you suspecting? Talk to a pediatrician. First, let the pediatrician know the root cause of the hair loss. If the cause of the hair loss is treated early, after an in-depth diagnosis, it is likely that the treatment will go well.