Can babies have alopecia?

In very rare cases, babies may be born with alopecia (hair loss), which can occur by itself or in association with certain abnormalities of the nails and the teeth. Later in childhood, hair loss may be due to medications, a scalp injury, or a medical or nutritional problem.

How do I know if my baby has alopecia?

If your child has alopecia areata, they: will have a completely bald patch or patches. won’t have scaling, redness or scarring and itching or tenderness. might have bald patches or hair loss on areas of the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes or body, or over the entire scalp or body.

Does childhood alopecia go away?

While there is no cure for alopecia areata, treatment can control the disease in some children. Many have their hair back within a year, although regrowth is unpredictable and many will lose hair again. For about 5% of children the disease progresses to alopecia totalis — loss of all of the hair on the scalp.

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.

When will my baby’s bald spot go away?

Hair loss peaks at 3 months old. The mother may also lose some of her hair at this time. This baby hair is then replaced by permanent hair. The normal hair comes in between 6 and 12 months.

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How do you stop alopecia from spreading?

What can I do to manage my alopecia?

  1. Avoid hair and scalp trauma. Use a soft-bristled hair brush and wide-toothed comb to protect your scalp from damage. Avoid the overuse of chemicals on your hair. …
  2. Eat healthy foods. Hair loss can be caused by poor nutrition. …
  3. Reduce stress. Try to get enough sleep and daily exercise.
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