Category: Hair Loss in Children

Hair loss in children is not quite as prevalent as hair loss in adults. However, it does occur and it can be a sign of something much more serious when it does. As many as 3 in every 100 visits to a pediatric doctor is to report some form of hair loss. This suggests that this problem affects a minimum of 3% of the childhood population of the United States.

In this category of the Hair Growth Pills website we aim to get to the bottom of this problem. We will study the causes and the treatments and we will put your mind at rest about any serious issues that could result from hair loss in children. So, if your child is beginning to experience a thinning of the hair, if their hair is damaged or if it is falling out, then take a look at the articles in this section to get the information that you need. Of course, you shoudl also consult a doctor.

Understanding Alopecia Universalis (Causes, Treatment, Cure and Regrowth Rate)

Understanding Alopecia Universalis (Causes, Treatment, Cure and Regrowth Rate)

Alopecia Universalis

There are several different types of alopecia, but alopecia universalis is often considered to be the worst of them. Patients with this form of hair loss often experience full loss of their hair, as opposed to the bald patches that appear as a result of conditions like alopecia areata.

In fact, alopecia universalis is actually an advanced form of alopecia areata. It is not a life threatening condition and there are no serious issues beyond hair loss. But because of the severity of hair loss caused by this condition it’s still a serious issue and one that all alopecia sufferers fear.

But what are the causes and the cures; and how quick is alopecia universalis hair regrowth, if it exists at all?

What is Alopecia Universalis?

Alopecia universalis is often shortened to “AU” and it also goes by the name “alopecia areata universalis”. It is essentially a severe form of hair loss in which the sufferer losses all of the hair on their head, as well as eyebrows and eyelashes. Such drastic hair loss can have a severely detrimental effect on the sufferer. It can impact on their mental health and their confidence levels. However, it doesn’t cause any actual physical symptoms or issues.

Not a great deal is known about this condition. But we are beginning to understand more and more about it each day. Studies are being conducted, tests are being undertaken and there are many promising results. Right now, however, are still many more questions than there are answers. We have a long way to go.

Alopecia Universalis Causes

Alopecia Universalis Cure

It is currently thought that alopecia universalis is an autoimmune disorder, although no one can say with absolute certainty. It is also believed that there is some genetic factor involved, as it seems like as many as 1 in 5 sufferers have some kind of family history. This is much more than simple coincidence can account for and while it does not mean that your alopecia universalis is caused by a family member or that you are guaranteed to get it if a family member has it, it certainly increases the chances.

The hair loss is likely caused by the body’s immune system attacking the hair follicles. This cause can make alopecia universalis—and indeed many other forms of alopecia—very difficult to treat. Hair loss vitamins for instance, are designed to boost the body, to improve well being and to assist with growth as a result. Hair loss medications work in a similar way. For instance, drugs like finasteride working by reducing the levels of DHT in the body, which is known to have a negative impact on hair growth.

But because alopecia universalis can be present in an otherwise healthy body, those treatments very rarely work. In fact, a healthy immune system is just as likely to cause as much damage as an unhealthy one.

Alopecia Universalis Treatment

Alopecia Universalis Treatment

As mentioned above, there are very few alopecia universalis treatments out there. However, that might change in the future as a lot of work is being done in this field and there are some interesting results coming out of it.

There have been a number of positive trials regarding medications like Imiquimod, which is often used to treat genital warts. The psoriasis drug Tofacitinib may also have some benefits when it comes to alopecia universalis treatment. However, these are still very early stages. It will likely take a few years before we can say with any certainly whether these drugs—or any other drugs—can cure alopecia universalis.

Alopecia Universalis Cure

While it could be a few years before anyone finds a alopecia universalis cure with regards to medications, there are some things you can do now that might be able to help. These things have been discussed before on Hair Growth Pills. There are a lot of positive studies out there about them.

They include PRP. This is a hair loss treatment that sounds a bit barbaric, but is rooted in science. Hair transplants may be even more effective. This is surgery, it’s expensive and it is not completely safe, but it’s something that works more or less every time.

Of course, you need healthy hair follicles for this to be effective and they aren’t always easy to come by in patients who have alopecia universalis. In many cases the hair follicles will be taken from the back of the neck, which may not be possible. They can also be taken from elsewhere on the body though.

This is something that you will need to discuss with your surgeon. They will weigh up the pros and the cons, taking your condition into account as well.

Alopecia Universalis Hair Regrowth

Alopecia Universalis Hair Regrowth

Alopecia universalis hair regrowth is very rare if no treatment is applied. In fact, it’s also rare even if treatment is applied. However, it is not completely unheard of. There are stories of people with alopecia universalis completely regrowing their hair, even though they lost all hair on their head, face and body.

This has happened over the short term and the long term. But it seems more common in patients who have only recently lost all of their hair. It’s very rare and there are only a handful of documented cases out there. But it does give many patients with alopecia universalis hope. It gives them hope that their hair may grow back; it gives them hope that there is a cure out there and that this condition is not permanent, even though it may feel like it is.

Just like everything else associated with this condition no one really knows what happened in these cases. There is therefore no way to replicate them or even to learn from them. But it does bode well for the future and just adds further weight to the belief that there is a alopecia universalis cure out there somewhere.

So, keep researching, keep hoping. You never know, they might find the cure tomorrow; you could have a full head of hair within a matter of weeks or months.

Chemotherapy Hair Loss (Timeline, Treatment, Causes, Prevention)

Chemotherapy Hair Loss (Timeline, Treatment, Causes, Prevention)

Chemotherapy Hair Loss

Chemotherapy hair loss is unlike any other and it must be treated as such. This is not a time when you should really be focusing on hair loss and there are clearly other more important things to worry about. But it’s still not exactly pleasant and it’s something that can drag a cancer sufferer’s self-esteem down, making life even more difficult than it already is and seriously lowering their mood at a time when it is already low.

So, chemotherapy hair loss is still something that needs to be discussed. And while it’s not something that can be treated or stopped, there are solutions. We will look at them in this article. We’ll tell you what to prepare for and what to do when it happens. We’ll also aim to answer the following questions:

  • Does Chemotherapy Always Cause Hair Loss?
  • How Soon After Chemotherapy Will Hair Grow Back?
  • What is the Chemotherapy Hair Loss Timeline?
  • Which Chemotherapy Drugs Cause Hair Loss?
  • Is There a Treatment for Chemotherapy Hair Loss?

Why Does Chemotherapy Cause Hair Loss?

Why Does Chemotherapy Cause Hair Loss?

Cancer is essentially a rapidly growing cell that has mutated and is growing out of control without resistance from your body. The chemotherapy drugs stop these cells by attacking them. However, they are not selective. They attack all rapidly growing cells, including the healthy ones. This is essentially what hair cells are. They are constantly growing, constantly evolving, and these drugs attack them.

So, chemotherapy hair loss is not just just limited to the head, it happens all over the body. In most cases, someone about to go through chemotherapy will shave their head in advance. This is done to ensure that they don’t go through the traumatic experience of having one’s hair fall out in clumps, or waking up to find a pillow full of hair. It is also done to stop the hair from falling out in patches, leaving uneven clumps of hair in place.

Which Chemotherapy Medication Causes Hair Loss?

Not all chemotherapy drugs cause hair loss. Many of them will do it it some extent, but some are worse than others. If this is something you are worried about then you should discuss it with your doctor. However, you shouldn’t avoid one type of medication simply because you are concerned about hair loss. As discussed below, your hair will grow back in time, and it’s okay going a little bald for a few months if it means doing all you can to beat this horrible disease.

To learn more about hair loss causes, and to discover the many other issues that you can face, read our articles on hair loss in men and hair loss in women.

Chemotherapy Hair Loss Timeline

Chemotherapy Hair Loss Timeline
So, how soon after chemotherapy will your hair grow back? Well, it depends on the medication, but it will typically begin between 2 and 4 weeks after you start treatment. This is a slow onset, but chemotherapy hair loss can be quite dramatic when it happens. So, you may want to consider shaving your head after a week or two. If you wait until the first strands of hair begin to fall out then you may be in for a shock before you get the chance to shave.

After it has fallen out your scalp may also be very tender, which is why it is important to shave it off beforehand as opposed to shaving it off afterwards when nothing but clumps have been left. Six months after treatment has finish there should be few to no signs of chemotherapy hair loss and you should have a full head of hair back. It’s not unusual for hair to grow back in a different way or even as a different color. It might be straighter, it might be curlier. It could be white or it could have lost all of the white that you had.

This change is one of the most unusual aspects of chemotherapy hair loss and of this treatment on the whole. In some cases patients are pleasantly surprised to discover that they have the hair they have already wanted.

Treatment for Hair Loss after Chemotherapy

Once the treatment has finished then it may take a few weeks before the hair begins to grow back. At this point you may be prescribed certain hair regrowth treatments by a doctor, such as minoxidil or finasteride.

Again, this is something you should discuss with your doctor as it may not be suitable for you. If nothing else then you should be able to take some vitamins and supplements. These can help you to support your hair follicles and strengthen your scalp. And because they are naturally sourced vitamins they can also help to improve your overall wellbeing, which is essential when you have just put yourself through such an ordeal.

Preventing Chemotherapy Hair Loss

Prevent Chemotherapy Hair Loss

Unfortunately there is no way to stop chemotherapy hair loss, nor is there a way to limit it. Even if you were to take hair growth drugs during treatment, which is not advised, they just wouldn’t be strong enough to stop the hair loss from taking place.

This is a difficult time for anyone to go through, but with a little patience and with a little inner strength, it’s one that you can get through safely and with your health intact. You may want to purchase a weave or toupee in order to help with your confidence, especially if you have always been very particular about your hair. It will lessen the shock factor and may help to keep your spirits up.

Chemotherapy and Permanent Hair Loss

The good news is that chemotherapy hair loss is rarely permanent. The drugs attack the cells during the course of treatment but basically leave them alone afterwards. So, providing no damage has been done, those cells will continue to work and will continue to grow healthy, strong hair. There are many ways you can speed it up if you feel it is too slow and there are also ways to fix any issues that might arise.

Of course, if you were bald or balding to begin with, then don’t expect to regain a full head of hair after the chemotherapy has finished.

Children with Hair Loss: What is the Cause of Thinning or Baldness in Kids?

Children with Hair Loss: What is the Cause of Thinning or Baldness in Kids?

Children with Hair Loss

There are children with hair loss out there. It may not be as common as it is in adults, but it exists and it can be as big of a problem for them as it is for us, if not more so. The causes of hair loss in children are not always as clear as they are in adults, nor are they as easy to treat.

We will look at these causes in this article, as we examine children with hair loss and try to get to the root of the problem. If your child is suffering from baldness or thinning hair, then this article may be able to provide some much needed answers.

Children with Hair Loss

Hair loss may be dismissed as a vanity issue. But you can’t ignore just how much this issue affects the sufferer. It damages their self-confidence, eats into their self worth. It’s not about vanity, it’s much more than that. So when it affects children, it becomes an even bigger problem and one that can have far reaching consequences.

Hair loss is said to affect 30 million adult women in the United States, which is roughly 20% of the female population. It will also affect the majority of men above the age of 30, and a large proportion of men above the age of 21. Children with hair loss is much rarer, but it still accounts for 3% of all pediatric visits. When you consider that many parents would consider children with hair loss to be a significant problem and one worthy of seeing a doctor, then we can take these figures to be a fair representation of the wider population.

So, what are the causes of hair loss in children and what are the cures, if any?

Causes of Hair Loss in Children

Causes of Children with Hair Loss

There are a number of causes, a number of reasons that your child may be suffering from hair loss. The following applies to children under the age of 12. If your child is a teenager, then their condition may be caused by something also common in adults. To learn more about that, please see our articles on Hair Loss in Men and Hair Loss in Women.

Ringworm

Ringworm is a parasitic infection that presents itself as a ring of red on the skin. This is a very visible and symptomatic condition, which means it is fairly easy to spot. It is also relatively harmless and easy to treat. However, ringworm is infectious, so make sure your child is kept away from other children.

When ringworm appears on the scalp it can cause bald patches to appear around it. It will not cause all of the hair to fall out, but it can cause complete baldness on the spot around the infection.

Ringworm can be treated with a simple course of anti fungal medication that will be prescribed by your doctor. You may also be prescribed a medicated shampoo that will help to battle the ringworm along with the medication.

Treatment will not last for more than a few weeks. And although the child is infectious and may suffer from some irritation around the infected area, they should be relatively unharmed throughout and will not suffer a great deal.

Apolpeca Areata

This is a medical condition that is caused by the body’s immune system attacking the hair follicles. Those hair follicles become damaged and the hair falls out. It typically occurs in patches, but it can spread and it can cause very noticeable hair loss. This is a condition that also affects adults. In children, however, it may seem even more pronounced as they have smaller heads.

What’s more, this condition can progress to something much worse, something that will cause all of the hair to fall out. In children with hair loss, this is only a minor concern. But if the condition progresses then it is something to worry about. There is also a condition that can developed whereby all the hair on the body will fall out.

There is very little that can be done about these hair loss conditions. However, you should take your child to see a doctor nonetheless. They may prescribe a course of vitamins and/or minerals. They may also prescribe an ointment.

Vitamin Deficiency

Hair Loss in Children

Vitamins can help to assist hair growth, as discussed on our hair growth vitamins page and our foods for hair growth pages. However, a lack of essential vitamins can cause the hair to fall out. These days, kids tend to eat a lot of junk food and have very limited diets. That doesn’t apply to all kids, but if yours is one of them then their diet may be the cause of their hair loss.

If a child is not getting enough Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E or B Vitamins, then their skin, their hair and their nails will suffer. Their hair may begin to suffer breakage, it may begin to thin and it may even fall out altogether. To counteract this, just focus on giving your children a healthy and balanced diet. Your doctor can also run tests to determine if they are deficient in any particular vitamins. If so, then they may be able to prescribe a course of vitamins.

Trichotillomania and Stress

Trichotillomania is a condition in which the child plays with their hair. They may twist it, they may chew it, they may pull it out altogether. Whatever they do, it can damage their hair and if they habit gets worse it can cause bald patches across their head.

For much the same reason, you should avoid giving your child a hairstyle that places a lot of stress on their scalp. Tight ponytails and cornrows can do a lot of damage to their scalp, the roots and the follicles. Children who have grown up with their hair regularly in tight ponytails or cornrows tend to develop problems at a later age. What’s more, if it persists then this damage may not be repairable.

Your child’s hair should be allowed to flow freely. If it’s too long cut it. You can still put it into a ponytail, of course, just make sure it’s not too tight.