Delayed hair growth: All the important points to know
A condition in which there is a decrease in the hair growth rate in small children after birth.
About 1 in 1000 children have alopecia areata, a condition of hair loss.
- Medical assistance is required.
- Physical examination, Blood test, and scalp biopsy are required.
- Common to both boys and girls
- Hair grows back from a few weeks to months during the course of the treatment.
The condition is caused due to 4 major factors namely fungal infection, alopecia areata (localized baldness), trauma to the hair shaft, and telogen effluvium. It is important to understand the underlying cause of the condition for effective treatment.
Ages affected: 1-5 -> more common, 5-12 -> most common, Above 13 -> common.
In case there is no hair or very thin hair on the scalp, then a doctor should be consulted.
Symptoms include lice, irritability, papules, and pustules on the scalp and cradle cap (crusty and scaly rash on the scalp).
Children may experience:
Slow growing of hair, itchy scalp, redness on the scalp and frequently trying to pull out the hair from the scalp.
Self-care: Using mild products on the scalp. Proper massage of the scalp should be done both while shampooing and oiling.
Medications - Corticosteroid creams, lotions, and ointments can be applied at the prescription of your doctor.
Specialists - If there is a lack of hair growth or hair loss by the age of 2 in the child, consult a physician or pediatrician. Book an appointment with Mfine to undergo a wide variety of effective treatment system.