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I need answers for my 6 year old

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  • Posted By: gagirl
  • September 6, 2008
  • 02:12 PM

My six year old son is bald (they said he has alopecia) and has not gained weight in over a year. He is still wearing a size five in kids that he wore over a year ago. He has grown a little in height but is still on the short side. He eats just fine although he is a little picky...you know pizza, chicken, pasta that kinda thing. I have taken him for tests because he lost his hair when he was around a year old. All anyone told me was he had alopecia. My son eats at least three meals a day with snacks in between so I don't understand why he isn't gaining weight. You can count his ribs and see bones under his skin he is so skinny. He loves to play and run and isn't held back from doing those things. I would love someone to help me figure out what could be wrong or is there something that he needs to be tested for.

Symptoms:
No hair (no eyebrows or eyelashes or body hair)
No weight gain in over a year
Some slight height growth in a year
Oh and he sometimes gets lumps in his glands in his neck (dr said they weren't anything to worry about)

I would appreciate anything anyone could tell me.
Thank you!!:confused:

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  • This sounds like something he needs to see a specialist for. If his lymph nodes in the neck get swollen or bumps, this IS something to worry about. I would take him to an oncologist, for safety sake.
    LadyLeprechan 24 Replies
    • September 6, 2008
    • 09:09 PM
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  • Some research has been done by scientist in this area. To view it go to www.pubmed.gov In the search type "alopecia Glutathione". It looks like your son has low levels of Glutathione.Go to this web site to learn more about Glutathione.www.shophealthy.biz
    dfarrish 34 Replies
    • September 7, 2008
    • 01:25 AM
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  • he could be about to have a growth spurt soon.. and just not gaining weight due to the activity he is doing? When we are sick.. our glands do often go up... children can get sick a lot with things. So it may or may not be something to worry about.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • September 8, 2008
    • 03:26 AM
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  • Alopecia and weight loss (failure to thrive) can be caused by celiac disease (gluten intolerance). Try here: http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/symptomsofceliacdisease/a/Alopecia.htm
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • September 8, 2008
    • 04:11 PM
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