Causes of Hair Loss in Children

Published: Sunday, 02 April 2017 00:00

Hair loss in children can happen due to a variety of medical conditions. No matter what the cause, Wigs for Kids wants to create custom hair replacement systems for those children in need. Our goal is to help children look themselves and live their lives. Creating these hair pieces is a way to allow children to get back to their daily activities while looking and feeling like themselves again.

A few of the most common causes of hair loss in children include:

  1. Cancer treatments
  2. Alopecia
  3. Trichotillomania
  4. Burns
  5. Other

Children’s Cancer

According to Children’s Cancer Research Fund, 80% of childhood cancer cases can be successfully treated. The more common types of cancer in children include brain and neural tumors, leukemias, lymphomas and sarcomas. Just like adults, when children are experiencing their treatments, such as chemotherapy, side effects can cause the child to lose their hair. Typically, hair loss begins several weeks after the first or second chemotherapy treatment — but this varies by individual.

Children’s Alopecia

Alopecia Areata is labeled as an autoimmune disease. The immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out. Completely bare patches appear over the span of one to several days. There is no cure or drugs approved to treat alopecia, and care is ongoing.

Children’s Trichotillomania

One less widely known cause of hair loss in children is Trichotillomania. This disorder causes people to pull out the hair from their scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, arms, legs or other parts of the body, resulting in noticeable bald patches. Currently, it is defined as an obsessive-compulsive RELATED disorder since there are still questions about how it should be classified. Trichotillomania can range from mild to severe.

No matter what is causing the hair loss for a child, Wigs for Kids wants to be there. But we need your help! By making a monetary or hair donation, or sponsoring a child, you are helping us create custom hair replacement systems at no cost to the recipient. Wigs for Kids never charges the family in need, and we continue to strive for creating as many hair pieces as possible.

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