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First off, welcome to HairLossTalk. This is an online community serving hair loss sufferers of every kind. That includes the most
precious members of society: our kids. If you're here, you're either looking for information, or support, or both. One of our biggest
strengths on this site is our community.
Content pages like this can help, but you will get the best information and support by interacting with others who have children dealing
with hair loss. So we'd like to invite you to register and post your story and your questions on ourSomeone will be there to help you with
Hair loss in children is actually not very common. However, it is significant enough that nearly 2 million children suffer from at least one
form of Alopecia (hair loss) or another in the United States alone. The good news is that at least 60% of children with alopecia will
"outgrow" the condition without need for treatment.
As with all forms of Alopecia, a reversal and complete restoration of hair takes time - sometimes up to a year or more, but for the vast
majority of children, it will spontaneously resolve. The bad news is that 40% won't have such luck. This can be quite frustrating for the
parents and child affected by this often cosmetically embarrassing condition.
In the following pages, we are going to review the most common types of children's alopecia, the most effective way to find an
educated physician, the tests that should be done to ensure an accurate diagnosis of the type of alopecia and the treatment options
available for each type.
Please keep in mind that hair loss in children is not due to vitamin deficiencies (unless extreme malnutrition is present), poor scalp
circulation, headbands, hats or cold weather. Diagnosis is typically as simple as an evaluation of the risk factors (which we are about
to go over), a visual examination of the type of loss and some tests your doctor can perform.
As with any condition, finding a qualified, informed doctor to help accurately diagnose and effectively treat your child's hair loss is of
the utmost importance. Unfortunately, with the way the medical system is today, finding someone who fits all those criteria is also
nearly impossible. Since we have no magic wand to whip the medical community into proper shape, we've compiled as much
information as we could to help you take some steps to finding a good doctor, and then equip you to make sure your child gets the
care they deserve. We'd like to invite you to register and post your story and your questions on our
Unfortunately, finding a qualified children's hair loss doctor is much like searching for a needle in a haystack. If the ailment at hand
were cancer, the chances of finding a good children's specialist would be high. Unfortunately for children's hair loss patients, it's much
more difficult to find someone who truly knows their stuff. When we began developing these pages, we contacted some of the leading
researchers in the industry. we were informed that there were no highly-educated specialists on children's hair loss in Southern
California. It took our team nearly 2 months to locate a physician who was extensively educated in the area of diagnosing and treating
children's hair loss. Do not be surprised if you encounter simi liar challenges.
Dermatologists are the physicians which handle hair disorders in general, so this is a good place to start. Most dermatologists know
only enough about men's hair loss to get by, so extensive knowledge on children's hair loss is rare. Don't inquire about this issue with a
general practitioner or family care physician. If your health insurance allows it (typically PPO plans), you can go directly to a specialist.
However, if you have an HMO, you will need a referral from your primary care physician. Take notes on what you see in this guide and
have it prepared for your physician so they know you want a referral. Be polite, but stand your ground until you get the referral.
Another great resource is the American Academy of Dermatology's Physician Referral Service. There, you can type in your city and
see a list of dermatologists in your area. Click each name and find the section labeled "Specialties". If "alopecia", "hair loss", or
"children's skin conditions" are not listed verbatim, read through the rest of their profile and see if it is mentioned. Note, these doctors
may NOT be in your insurance provider's network. You may need to do some cross referencing. Many insurance web sites have their
own physician finder as well. If you are unable to find a specialist in your area, make use of the AAD's more broad Statewide Search.
You will be presented with all the registered dermatologists in your state, listed by city. Some have profiles, some don't, but all have
contact information. It is worth the work to print out a list and call them one by one, inquiring as to the physician's experience with
children's hair loss.