5 Serious Causes Of Hair Loss In Toddlers

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You have battled hair loss all your life. But now that you are a mom, it’s your toddler’s hair loss that’s keeping you awake at night!

Most people consider hair loss to be an adult only problem. But that’s not true. Babies and toddlers too can experience this frustrating issue. Only difference is – your toddler doesn’t care if all her hair falls off! But for you, it is another thing to worry about.

And this time, you should worry! Hair loss in toddlers is rare. Only 3% of patients visiting their pediatrician complain of hair loss. So, if you notice your toddlers hair falling out in chunks, consult your doctor.

What Causes Hair Loss In Toddlers?

There are a number of causes of hair fall in toddlers. Some are mild and easily treatable, but others require more stringent treatment plans. Check out the reason your little one’s hair keeps falling off:

1. Tinea Capititis:

Ringworm is one of the most common causes of hair loss in toddlers. Also known as Tinea Capititis, this scalp infection causes toddler hair thinning and bald spots.

Other Symptoms:

  • Red circular lesions
  • Dandruff like flaking
  • Round or oval scaly patches on the scalp
  • Itchiness
  • Broken hair that appear like black dots on the scalp

Treatment And Prevention:

The treatment of Tinea Capititis usually consists of oral antifungals like griseofulvin. You may also be prescribed antifungal shampoos to cure the fungal infection.

Ringworms are contagious. So, make sure to keep objects like your toddler’s hats, pillows, hairbrush, etc. separate.

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2. Alopecia Areata:

One in a 100 children can experience Alopecia Areata. This is a rare disorder where a person develops an allergy towards her own hair. Toddlers with Alopecia Areata lose hair overnight without any sign of infection. Some studies indicate that this hair disorder might be hereditary (1).

Other Symptoms:

  • Round or oval hairless patches on the scalp.
  • Some children may also experience pitting and ridging of the nails.

Treatment And Prevention:

This rare hair disease can be treated with steroid injections, topical medications, oral steroids and ultraviolet light therapy.

Biotin and trace minerals too are known to help hair-regrowth in toddlers. If your toddler gets a diagnosis of Alopecia Areata, give her a diet rich in biotin like chard, romaine lettuce, carrots, and tomatoes (2).

3. Telogen effluvium:

Telogen Effluvium is another common cause of hair loss in toddlers. The hair loss usually follows a recent illness like high fever or a surgery. Emotional stress too can cause telogen effluvium.

Other Symptoms:

  • Telogen Effluvium does not have many symptoms. If your toddler is losing a large chunk of hair every day and if she was ill a few weeks earlier, you may suspect Telogen Effluvium.
  • Weight loss too can be a symptom to watch out for.

Treatment And Prevention:

Most cases of Telogen Effluvium resolve without treatment. The most you can do is give your toddler a stress-free environment and a healthy diet.

4. Chemotherapy:

Chemotherapy is the most unfortunate cause for hair loss in toddlers. Chemotherapy, when used to treat cancer in toddlers, can lead to hair loss.

Other Symptoms:

Other chemotherapy-related symptoms like nausea and lack of appetite.

Treatment And Prevention:

Hair loss due to chemotherapy does not require treatment. Once the chemotherapy session ends, your toddler’s hair will grow back.

5. Other Causes:

Other than the major causes mentioned above, toddlers can experience hair loss because of the following reasons too:

  • If your toddler wears her hair in tight barrettes, ponytails or braids, she may experience hair loss in certain areas of her scalp. If you suspect this to be the cause behind your toddler’s hair loss, make sure her hair style is comfortable.
  • A toddler may also lose hair due to poor nutrition. So, make sure your toddler’s diet consists of all the essential nutrients.
  • Your toddler might also lose hair due to hormone imbalance. A thyroid disease is often the cause behind toddler hair loss. If your little one is losing more hair than usual, talk to your doctor about doing a blood test to rule out thyroid problems.
  • Bacterial infections too can cause hair loss in toddlers. If that is the cause, your toddler may show symptoms similar to fungal infections. Treatment may include a dose of antibiotics.
  • Some toddlers lose hair because they pull their hair. This is a toddler habit, just like thumb sucking. If your toddler’s hair loss is because of this habit, don’t worry. Most children outgrow this habit by three years of age.

As you can see, the causes for toddler hair loss can be many. But the bottom line is that if you are worried see your doctor. He is the best person to diagnose your toddler’s hair loss problem.

Whatever the cause, you can be sure that your little rock star will be back with a head full of hair soon. Till then, let her rock the bald look!

Has your toddler experienced hair loss? What was the cause? Tell us!

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Jessica Albert

Jessica Albert is a passionate writer who seeks to connect with her readers through wit and charm. Her work aims to invoke curiosity and keep the readers engaged through and through. She has prior experience working with magazines and e-commerce establishments as a content marketer and editor. Being a mother herself, she puts all her knowledge into creating content about... more