Embracing a Healthy Family: Children with Balding Conditions

Children with Balding Conditions

Hair loss can be just as traumatic for children as it is for adults. However, balding in children is typically a temporary condition if treated properly. Our Bosley doctors who specialize in hair loss helped put together this short guide on balding to help educate parents.

Balding in children is usually caused by one of these five conditions: Alopecia Areata, Tinea Capitis, Traction Alopecia, Trichotillomania, or Telogen Effluvium.

Alopecia Areata is a common form hair loss in children. The causes of this patchy hair loss are a mystery, but it is not life threatening. Most children will regrow their hair in this area.

Tinea Capitis is a disease that is caused by a fungal infection. It usually attacks the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes and is commonly known as “ringworm of the scalp”. The exposed scalp is often a round shape and may have a stubbled appearance. This condition is transmitted through infected children, but is not dangerous and is treatable by a general physician.

Traction Alopecia is physical damage to the hair and is usually seen in adults who commonly style their hair with curling irons, blow dryers, straighteners and other products. Children using these products for styling can experience damage even more serious than seen in adults, since children’s hair is more fine and delicate. Tight braids and hairstyles can also cause damage to children’s hair, if overdone.

Trichotillomania can be experienced by children and adults. It is the compulsion to pull out one’s hair. Usually it results in irregular patches of hair loss and may include eyebrows and eyelashes. Some cases may resolve spontaneously, when the children outgrow the hair-pulling habits, but always talk to your doctor about any concerns with your child’s health.

Telogen Effluvium is a temporary hair loss in the wake of emotional stress or a severe fever or flu. Unless there is another factor of stress or illness, the hair will slowly replace itself.

The first key in finding a solution for hair loss or balding is consulting with your physician or pediatrician. Most causes of hair loss in children are temporary, if treated promptly by a medical professional. Children can experience permanent hair loss if conditions like Traction Alopecia or Trichotillomania are left untreated. For more information about Bosley Medical, you can go to www.Bosley.com or call 1-888-820-4247.

*Disclosure:  I received no compensation for this post nor am I endorsing the treatment option contained in the post.

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