Discussion in 'Children's Hair Loss Support' started by Sarah M, Jan 21, 2018.
Fair enough. I deleted my post as it came off as insensitive and was unfair since you did already at least see one doctor. I looked and did find this case report of 20 kids. They said all the kids got dermoscopy and some had biopsies done. Has your kid had that yet?
They also said that there was a very strong family predisposition in these cases to androgenic alopecia. Do you have that in your family? Plus that close follow up and endocrine evaluation was recommended.
Also, FYI, there's only like 3-5 women that post regularly on this entire site as far as I know.
That's fine, but dermoscopy is not painful and neither is seeing a dermatologist/endocrinologist for a professional opinion. If it was my kid that's what I'd be doing. If you've already done that and still aren't satisfied, I'd be going back or getting another opinion.
But if you just want to ask parents to pull on their kids' hair and tell you what happens, like I said this site is 99% male, so you'd probably have higher yield asking the "dadas". Good luck.
Honestly for your specific request about having parents look at their childrens' heads and pull on their hair to tell you what happens, a general parenting forum would probably have more people that can help you. I think without even doing that the answer would be "yes there are loads of tiny hairs" (as many children still have very fine hair at that age) and "no it does not come out very easily" (as hair should never really come out very easily).
But if you want to evaluate why she is losing hair and what you can do to investigate it, this site might not be bad for that. If you have blood results for her, you could post them. If she saw specialists, you could post what they said about it, etc.
99% of us on this site are guys losing our hair from male pattern hairloss in our 20s/30s/40s.
Personally I would still just recommend you get her in for derm/endocrinologist assessment. That's clearly not normal or common for a girl that age. I would take it seriously and make sure it was fully evaluated.
If there's something potentially wrong with your kid that's very rare like this, I just don't know how much useful information you're gonna get from random people on the Internet, or how much of your decisions it would be wise to base on that (rather than seeing more doctors who specialize in this).
Since you mentionned fever I was going for tellogen effluvium. The thin hair could be regrowths? But weird that you can pull them off...
I don't have children and I don't know much about hair loss in children, but it's been my understanding that it's mostly areata that can affect them.
My advice would be to take her to a derm and have a biopsy performed - it is not painful. They could also deduce miniaturisation by looking at her hair only.
I would also Ask for a complete blood test, just to rule out anything else. Check ferritine levels and vit D. A serious depravation of both (anemia,) could explain the hair coming off easily.
Good luck, I really hope it's only temporary and she will get her curls back soon.