How do I talk to my child about alopecia?

How do you explain alopecia to a child?

If your child has alopecia areata, they:

  1. will have a completely bald patch or patches.
  2. won’t have scaling, redness or scarring and itching or tenderness.
  3. might have bald patches or hair loss on areas of the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes or body, or over the entire scalp or body.

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.

Do kids recover from alopecia?

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.

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 do you reverse alopecia?

Alopecia Treatments That Work

  1. Carrots. Carrots contain beta-carotene that converts to vitamin A and biotin, both of which promote hair growth.
  2. Salmon. Salmon contains Vitamin D, which stimulates hair follicles. Salmon also contains omega-3 fatty acids that lubricate the scalp.
  3. Oysters. Oysters are high in zinc.
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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.

Hair and eyelashes