Most Common Causes of Child hair loss

Hair loss to adults can be an unpleasant condition to face, but if it happens to our children, it is doubly heart breaking. An estimated 3% of the total pediatric cases in America are hair loss related, so if you are resigned to the fact that hair loss in children is a rare occurrence, you’ll be surprised to note that it is nothing but uncommon.

Infants and children with hair loss present different problems than that of adults. The links to a genetic disorder have a much greater probability. Treatments may also differ and the prognosis often  differs than that to the adult condition. Alopecia Areata in early childhood commonly progresses to alopecia totalis and universalis than on adults especially in children under the age of 5.

Time is of the essence here, the earlier we identify the cause, we will be able to recommend a correct diagnosis. Thus, it’s critical to get pediatric advice from a medical professional or a Trichologist as soon as your child’s hair loss shows.

Tinea capitis and alopecia areata are the most common child hair loss conditions.

Tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp)

This is brought on by a fungal infection. It causes patchy hair loss and broken hair strands. Patches are usually round or oval but can take various shapes. Gray flakes may also be present..

Alopecia Areata

Oval patches appear suddenly and they are completely bald and smooth. There can be inflamation flaking, or broken hair. This condition affects one in a thousand children and twenty-five percent of these children will also have pitting and ridging of the nails.

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