As strange as this may sound to you it is very important to know and understand that children can be affected by hair loss. That is why this piece is a must read for everyone. Since loss of hairs has always been a thing that’s associated with old people and adults, many parents out there still find hair loss in children to be very strange.
The most important thing to know about this strange occurrence is that there are so many reasons for loss of hair, meaning that there are various causative factors that can trigger hair loss and if you are vulnerable to these factors, you will definitely lose your hairs.
In this article, I have highlighted the major types of hair loss in children, understanding the type of hair loss that can affect your child or any child, is your first step in fighting hair loss in children. There are various types of hair loss and each of them demand different treatment pattern just as they have different causative factors. Here are the common types of hair loss suffered by children.
Alopecia Areata is a common form of patchy hair loss in children; its major characteristics are the sudden appearance of one or more completely bald areas in the scalp of the child. In this condition, the child losses hairs in circular patches, some times more than one inch in diameter with the hairs at the borders of the patches becoming loose while the peach-colored scalp remains normal and free of inflammation and scaling.
Alopecia Areata is not life-threatening and neither is it contagious. As a matter of fact, children with this kind of condition can still live a normal, healthy life. Children with alopecia areata will grow new hairs within twelve months, the new hairs may appear white at first, but with time it will eventually return to its natural color.
This type of hair loss is known as the compulsion to pull out ones hair, it results in irregular patches of hair especially on the scalp. Most parents do not even notice this and some will even find it hard to believe that their own child will actually pull their hairs.
The pulling of hair is mostly done when reading or watching television. You can carry out an examination of your child’s hair to find out if he or she has this type of hair loss, especially if you don’t want to go to a doctor. A long-term ongoing tension, stress, or other possible physical or emotional deficiencies are usually the major causes of this type of disease.
The best way to go about this disease is to find out why the child is nervous or tensed.
The tinea capitis is a disease caused by fungal infection of the scalp, eyebrows and eyelashes with a propensity to affecting hair shafts and follicles. This disease is also known as ring worm of the scalp. This disease is caused by a fungus that causes hairs to break by invading the hair shaft. The bare patch of hair takes a black-dotted appearance and is usually round. There may also be mild scaling and itching.
The major problem with this type of hair loss is that it can be transferred from an infected person to another person, either by touching affected areas or by sharing the same combs and other hair accessories. Boys, especially those that are three to ten years, are more susceptible to having this disease. Ring worm is not so dangerous, but if left untreated, it could cause kerion and a considerable loss of hair.
While all types of hair loss demands different methods of treatment, the important thing is that they are treatable, except the Androgenetic hair loss.
ANDROGENETIC HAIR LOSS
Androgenetic hair loss is the type of hair loss that is transferred from parents to offspring. This type of hair loss does not have a cure, although its onset can be delayed when you follow a good hair care regimen.