Alopecia areata is another common form of patchy hair loss in children. The typical story is the sudden appearance of one or more totally bald areas in the scalp. The child with this condition loses hair in circular patches sometimes up to two inches in diameter. The hair at the borders of these patches is loose, but the peach-colored scalp looks and feels normal, without scaling or inflammation. There may be just a few patches of hair loss or a total absence of body hair. Alopecia Areata is not life-threatening, and children who have it are otherwise healthy.
Why the hair falls out from the roots is still a mystery. What is known is that the condition is not contagious, caused by foods, or the result of nervousness, hyperactivity disorders, or psychological stress. In 20% of cases, another family member has been affected. Some patients with this condition will also develop a grid-like pitting of the nails. Fortunately, over 80% children with alopecia areata grow new hair within 12 months. Oddly, the new hair may temporarily be white, but eventually the hair returns to its natural color. This is a much higher resolution rate than is seen in adults with the same condition, so the news is good.
Since 1974, Bosley has been the world leader in hair restoration / transplantation. As pioneers in hair loss solutions and treatments, we make it a point to make our expert advice more accessible to individuals concerned with their hair loss issues. With parental supervision and consent, there might be some hair loss treatments suitable for children. Bosley suggests you seek your children’s pediatrician or physician for their expert analysis and advise.