For adult’s hair loss can be emotionally painful, even more so and traumatic for a child to go through. As with adults, for children there are many different types and conditions of hair loss. For some of these conditions there are medications and treatments that can get the hair to regrow within 6 months to a year. In some sever cases, it might take longer or sadly, it may not come back at all.
According to Healthline, you can help your child to conceal their hair loss, whilst waiting for treatments to finish or work, depending on the condition. One of those solutions is concealing the hair loss with a wig. Although many people are wary of wigs due to how they use to look, they’re now regarded as an effective non-surgical solution to hair loss, even for kids.
Our service extends to everyone with hair loss, no matter what cause or condition. In this post we wanted to highlight the different forms and types of hair loss in children so you can understand their needs and whether or not a wig would be right for them. It might also help you to seek medical advice from a pediatrician or doctor depending on the severity. No one wants to see a child suffer ever, and if there’s anything we can do to help them whether that be advice or a beautiful bespoke wig just for them, we’ll do everything we can!
Types of Hair Loss in Children
- Tinea capitis – also known as ring worm of the scalp
Causes: fungus, children passing it onto one another by sharing combs, hats or other headwear and items.
Symptoms: patches of baldness, black dots on scalp where the hair breaks off, skin can become red, itchy and bumpy, fever, swollen glands.
Treatments: Oral antifungal drug taken for around 8 weeks, antifungal shampoos, other oral medication to stop it being passed onto other children.
There are three types of Alopecia, depending on how the hair falls out which are:
- Alopecia areata – patches of baldness
- Alopecia totalis – all the hair falls out
- Alopecia universalis – all the hair on the body falls out
Causes: autoimmune disease which attacks the child’s immune system causing the hair to fall out
Treatments: There is no cure for Alopecia but some the following treatments can help the hair to regrow again:
- corticosteroid cream, lotion, or ointment
With the correct treatment prescribed by a doctor, most children see their hair grow back within a year.
Causes: a compulsive disorder where the child pulls out their own hair, as a release or unknowingly.
Symptoms: patches of baldness where its been pulled from the root, broken hair.
Treatments: Cognitive behavioral therapy.
- Telogen effluvium
Causes: children can develop this after experiencing a very high fever, surgery, intense trauma, loss of a loved one, sever injury.
Symptoms: lots of hair loss (most kids lose around 100 hair follicles a day, with this condition a child can lose up to 300).
Treatments: after the event has passed and eased, the child’s hair should grow back but it can take 6 months to a year.
- Nutritional deficiency
Causes: lack of vitamins, protein and minerals such as iron, zinc, niacin, biotin, amino acids.
Symptoms: hair begins to fall out.
Treatments: healthy eating or prescribed supplement from a doctor or pediatrician to make up for the nutritional shortfall.
(We know children hate their vegetables, I remember stuffing mine in my pockets as child and burying them in the garden so my mum wouldn’t know).
Causes: when the thyroid gland in your neck stops producing the hormones needed to control your metabolism.
Symptoms: weight gain, constipation, tiredness, dry hair, hair loss on the scalp.
Treatments: with thyroid hormone medication the hair can grow back in a few months.
Cause: a strong drug to treat cancer which causes cells to die in the body including hair cells and follicles.
Symptoms: tiredness, bruising, headaches, short attention span, loss of breath, fever, hair loss, throat and mouth sores, nausea and vomiting, organ damage.
Treatments: as this is a treatment for cancer, the child’s hair will regrow once chemotherapy has finished.
Your child might be experience hair loss that isn’t medical related which can be caused by any of the following:
- Blow drying
- Hair dye
- Hair bobbles and hair styles
It’s always best to seek the advice of a doctor who can examine the situation and determine the cause and condition of the hair loss. Then you can get the correct treatment and begin solving the issue. Most of these medical conditions, with the correct treatment, the hair will grow back in months, sadly in some cases it can take a year.
If you don’t want to consider a handmade wig or hairpiece, we do have a blog on Tips for Turbans and Headscarf’s which includes demonstrations and links to video tutorials on how to tie them and do different styles.
If you would like to discuss our hair loss solutions, please get in touch and I can talk you through each option and our process. I can always try and give you a friendly ear to listen to as I understand how difficult it can be for them and yourself. We do have a page dedicate to the children we have helped with our hair loss solutions who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy treatment or alopecia, you can read some of their wonderful stories here: baguleysofcheshire.co.uk/childrens-wigs/
We are commissioned and registered with the Little Princess Trust to make children’s wigs and hairpieces who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, this is a wonderful service and we’re proud to be part of helping children regain their confidence, self esteem and well-being.