Identifying & Treating Alopecia Areata In Toddlers

The name alopecia areata is quite a mouthful and if you're told it's the name of a disease you are sure to think that it's a complicated and fatal disease. While alopecia areata is a complicated disorder, it's neither fatal nor dangerous.

Simply put, it is an autoimmune disorder that causes hair fall.

Conditions during Toddler Alopecia Areata

In this condition a toddler's immune system attacks the follicles of his hair,.



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.very much as though it is protecting his body from an illnesss This onslaught from the immune system causes patches of hair to fall offf This disorder causes no pain and will not affect your toddler's health in any waya The most you'll have to contend with is a bald-ish looko

The reason this disorder is complicated is because it is extremely unpredictablel There is no definite cause for alopecia although researchers say genetics could be one causes According to studies one in five people with alopecia has had a family member who had it tooo Studies also show that alopecia does occur in families which have a history of hay fever, atopic eczema, asthma or other autoimmune diseases But the exact cause or trigger for this disorder is yet to be knownw In most cases, stress is considered a prime cause of hair loss, but alopecia areata is not caused due to stresss

Also, there is no set pattern for hair losss Nor is there a pattern for intensityt Some toddlers may lose just one patch, some others may lose several patches and there could also be cases where the toddler loses hair all over the scalp and the bodyd

Similarly there is no predictability on hair re-growtht In most cases, hair grows back in a few months timem However, if there is no re-growth in a year's time it's possible that the hair may never grow or only grow after several yearsr

Identify alopecia areata

If your toddler is suddenly losing hair in clumps and there are round or oval bald patches that appear very suddenly on his scalp, it is most likely alopeciai Other signs that the hair loss is alopecia is that the bald patch will be smooth and the hair in that area will be really short, close to the scalp and the hair could be colorede Also, in some cases your toddler could have dent like marks on his nailsl

Treatment for Toddler Alopecia Areata

Since research hasn't been able to come up with a definite cause or trigger for alopecia, there is no cure or preventive measure that you can takek However, if the bald patches are not growing back on your toddler's scalp, you could consult a dermatologists

Dermatologists may be hesitant, though, to administer any treatment for hair growth for toddlers as most medications may have side effectst If you are opting for a treatment, do thoroughly check with the doctor about its possible side effectst Also, if there are several bald smooth patches on your toddler's scalp, ensure that he is well protected from the sun; make him wear a hat at all times, as the bald areas could get sunburntn

Alopecia areata is a complex disorder, and if your toddler does contract this condition, take heart from the fact that in almost 90 percent of the cases, the hair loss is restored in a few months without any treatmentn Another plus for you is that you don't have to worry about how your child feels about his looks because toddlers aren't too clued in on appearances yete

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