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Hair loss in a 11 year old girl

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  • Posted By: byardley0
  • June 15, 2007
  • 06:05 PM

My 11 year old daughter is suffering from diffuse (all over) hair loss for the past 10 months. We have tried several dermatologists (specializing in hair) who have not been able help. Blood tests, all else normal. Iron showed up on the low side, so she was put on Fe supplements for the past 2 months, no help. Her hair has thinned out signficicantly and is still falling. Tried acupuncture, homeopathy, don't see any difference. Can anyone help? Thanks.

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  • Do you mean all over her body or just her head? It might be that she is suffering from something called Telogen effluvium which is when the hair growth/ shedding cycle gets out of phase. This can be caused by some stress a few months previously (e.g. emotional or illness). If so, it should resolve itself naturally. The most common cause of hair loss among young people is supposed to be from hair twisting or pulling (subconsciously), although you might expect this effect to be localised. You don't say if she is otherwise healthy or what tests have been done. There are medical conditions, such as those relating to thyroid hormone levels, that can cause hair loss. Have the hairs been examined also? This might give some indication of the reason for the loss.
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  • How are her nails?
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  • If you have not already tried, try an pediatric endocrinologist.
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  • My 11 year old daughter is suffering from diffuse (all over) hair loss for the past 10 months. We have tried several dermatologists (specializing in hair) who have not been able help. Blood tests, all else normal. Iron showed up on the low side, so she was put on Fe supplements for the past 2 months, no help. Her hair has thinned out signficicantly and is still falling. Tried acupuncture, homeopathy, don't see any difference. Can anyone help? Thanks.Hi - I too lost a great deal of my hair when I was 11 years old - also diffuse. I was told that it was stress and would come back in time. 11 years have passed, none has come back. the only thing that prevented it from falling completely out was nioxin shampoo - i wish i had started it sooner. i do hope you have better luck than i. i must say ive search far and wide, but have yet to find any explanation whatsoever.
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    • October 31, 2009
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  • My 9 year old is going through this it started in one spot we started using nioxin and now we have several more spots in two months...any other info out there?
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    • January 10, 2010
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  • My 9 year old is going through this it started in one spot we started using nioxin and now we have several more spots in two months...any other info out there?Alopecia areata
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    • September 2, 2010
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  • I had a second cousin who lost all her hair around that age. The reason turned out to be coca-cola . She was drinking quite a bit of it per day. Ive no idea why it did that (maybe it affected her nutritionally??_, but when she stopped drinking it, her hair slowly grew back
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    • September 3, 2010
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  • How are her nails?my daugther is also 11 yr. old and she had a very stressfull happening about 1 1/2 months ago. two days ago i realized a patch of hair was gone in the very front of bangs that almost looks singed or pulled out at roots. tonight i noticed another patch from bangs is a small line and in the top of head another patch is gone. you can see wire like pieces of hair. My daughters nails are normal. Where do i begin the process of finding out what is going on with this strange happening. thanks so much!
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  • my daugther is also 11 yr. old and she had a very stressfull happening about 1 1/2 months ago. two days ago i realized a patch of hair was gone in the very front of bangs that almost looks singed or pulled out at roots. tonight i noticed another patch from bangs is a small line and in the top of head another patch is gone. you can see wire like pieces of hair. My daughters nails are normal. Where do i begin the process of finding out what is going on with this strange happening. thanks so much!My 11 year old daughter is experiencing the exact same thing after a rather stressful winter season ; she started with a spot in front of her bangs, which then spread to the front side of the hair - looked like she was pulling out the hair herself as the hair follicle was present but the hair was short and stubby - she has full length long hair down to the middle of her back, so short stubby hair in front was odd in it's appearance - both her GP and a Derm diagnosed her with "hair pulling". Then a 4th spot appeared on the very top of her head which has now spread to meet the initial front spot - the Derm has now diagnosed her with Alopecia Areata and has placed her on a steroid treatment twice a day on the spots and has ordered blood work to check her thyroid. In addition, she is on a steriod cream for eczema and her asthma treatment has been changed to a stronger steroid puffer for 2 puffs once per day - this is the first time in 7 years that we have not been able to get her astham under control once the winter/spring seasons were over ....3 steroids for 3 "separate" medical conditions which her doctors say are unrelated to each other....doesn't make sense to me in an otherwise healthy 11 year old girl. Dr's are saying it is her "hormones" - why isn't Alopecia more common if it is soley connected to hormones in young girls then?? I found some online research showing that Gluten Intolerance can exhibit with non GI symptoms such as alopecia, eczema, asthma to name just a few non stomach related gluten intolerance symptoms. And yes her BI is normal, though she is bloated through the abdomen area and always has been - 5"4 and 100 lbs. I also found a recent study showing gluten intolerance in children with normal and overweight BI's...we have started her on a gluten free diet to see if we can decrease her need for all these steroids the doctors have her on... her GP, Derm and a Pediatrician have told me I am on the wrong track, that all 3 medical conditions require steroids and are not connected to any underlying condition - I say something is causing her auto immune system to turn on and cause these "symptoms"
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  • In addition, she is on a steriod cream for eczema and her asthma treatment has been changed to a stronger steroid puffer for 2 puffs once per day - this is the first time in 7 years that we have not been able to get her astham under control once the winter/spring seasons were over ....3 steroids for 3 "separate" medical conditions which her doctors say are unrelated to each other....doesn't make sense to me in an otherwise healthy 11 year old girl. Many naturopaths will tell you that there is a strong connection between eczema and asthma. I got told that by a homoeopath when my daughter was young and at the time only had eczema (daughter was 2).. homoeopath said that suppressed eczema by steriods, ends up developing into asthma. Anyway i did use the steriod creams she tried to disuade me from using on daughters eczema and less then two years later after the eczema had gone (daughter around 4yrs by that time), she had her first asthma attack, a serious one in which she couldnt breath and turned blue and had to be rushed to hospital. As an adult my daughter still gets asthma.
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