Hair loss in children can be caused by a number of issues including hair pulling, hormone imbalances, and nutritional deficiencies. If your child suddenly develops smooth, round, bald spots on their scalp and other parts of their body, they may have a condition called alopecia areata.
What does alopecia look like in toddlers?
It is characterized by the sudden appearance of round or oval patches of hair loss. The patches are slick or smooth, without scaling or broken hairs. About 25% of children also have pitting and ridging of the nails.
Is hair loss in toddlers normal?
Newborns often go through hair loss within the first six months of life. The hair falls out and may even grow back a different colour or texture. This is completely normal and many new parents know to expect this.
Is it normal for a child to have a bald spot?
About hair loss or alopecia
The medical name for hair loss is alopecia. Many babies are bald from birth, or lose their hair shortly afterwards. With time, most babies grow permanent, thicker hair on their heads. Also, healthy babies often have bald patches at the backs or sides of their scalps.
Can alopecia go away on its own?
Alopecia areata (AA) causes hair loss in small, round patches that may go away on their own, or may last for many years. Nearly 2% of the U.S. population (about four million people) will develop AA in their lifetime.
How can I help my child with alopecia?
Pediatric dermatologists at Nationwide Children’s may recommend the following treatment options: topical steroids, injections of steroids, topical minoxidil (Rogaine), topical irritants and immunotherapy, or pills that turn down the immune system.
How quickly does alopecia spread?
People with alopecia areata typically have smooth, round patches of complete hair loss that develop over a period of a few weeks, followed in most cases by regrowth over several months (picture 1).
What does alopecia regrowth look like?
Quite often the bald patch or patches regrow hair within a few months. If hair grows back, it may not have its usual colour at first and look grey or white for a while. The usual colour eventually returns after several months. Sometimes one or more bald patches develop a few weeks after the first one.
How can I thicken my toddler’s hair?
To help stimulate thicker, fuller hair, gently apply coconut oil to your baby’s scalp a few times per week. This doesn’t only moisturize their hair; it can also help eliminate cradle cap. Use organic or extra-virgin coconut oil — it’s unrefined, meaning it hasn’t been processed.
Why is my 10month old Losing hair?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), most babies lose some — or even all — of their hair in the first few months of life. And it’s completely normal. This hair loss is called alopecia, and in babies it can have several triggers, from hormones to sleeping position.
What type of vitamin deficiency causes hair loss?
Research shows that a lack of vitamin D in your body can lead to hair loss. One role vitamin D plays is stimulating new and old hair follicles. When there isn’t enough vitamin D in your system, new hair growth can be stunted.