Children's Hair Loss
10th Jan 2019
Child Hair Loss
At SJ Hair Loss we have had many children referred to our clinic due to hair loss, alopecia or other medical conditions. Adults struggle to cope with the thought and the process of loosing hair so it is hard to imagine the suffering a child may go through. Hair loss can be an extent from very little hair loss, to slight thinning hair to complete baldness. Sometimes it may effect your eyebrow hair, your body hair and your eyelashes.
Child Cancer and Hair Loss
Many children diagnosed with cancer find it very scary and traumatic. Teenagers diagnosed with cancer may find the physical effects devastating and you will need to help them find a satisfactory way to cope with the hair loss. Your child will need to understand hair loss is likely to occur because of his or her treatment. Planning for the process is important to help your child feel comfortable with the hair loss. There are a number of options your child can consider when it comes to covering his or her head.
Not all chemotherapy medicines will cause hair loss. Depending on what treatment your child goes through hair loss can happen more than once. Hair loss happens when chemotherapy interrupts normal hair growth. Chemotherapy disrupts normal hair growth and the division of cancer cells but also causes temporary damage to some normal cells, especially cells that divide rapidly which include the cells in hair follicles. In some cases children may have to undergo radiation treatment to their head. Hair loss will only occur if the radiation is focused on the scalp area itself. Due to the radiation the hair is likely to fall out especially in areas that are being treated. When the hair falls out it is very unlikely to grow back. A few weeks after the first or second chemotherapy treatment is when hair loss will begin and hair will start to fall out. The hair loss differs from individuals, some child's hair may start to thin gradually and start to fall out in larger quantities.
Helping Children Cope with Cancer and Hair Loss
When you find out that hair loss is expected it is good to start to plan ahead. Taking pictures of your child's natural hair colour and style is a good idea, this means in the future if your child wants to consider a hair system, a hair piece or a human hair wig the stylist can bespoke the wig to create the perfect look. Have your child get his or her hair cut short. Once the hair is short and your child decides they may want to consider covering their hair before it begins to fall out, experiment with different hats, scarfs and hair bands to see which your child feels comfortable with. Feeling good abo the,selfs and comfortable is important to most children undergoing cancer treatment, so take the time needed with this step to make the process as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. Speak to doctors if you are worried or if it is affecting your child's self esteem as well as talking to other parents, children and support groups of people who have been through cancer treatment or are going through it.