As a parent of a child suffering from Hair Loss, you want to be sure that all the T’s are crossed and the I’s dotted before you decide on nonsurgical Hair Replacement with your child. That’s why we provide a place to get your questions answered about Hair Replacement for Children even before you come into one of our Hair Loss clinics for a consultation. Below you’ll find a list of commonly asked questions and answers about Hair Loss and Hair Replacement for children.
If there are other questions you’d like answered, simply enter your question into the form provided and within twenty-four hours, one of our expert Hair Replacement consultants will get back to you with an answer. It’s as simple as that. So go ahead, ask. We’re here for you.
How common is Hair Loss in children?
Hair Loss in children is far more common than most people realize. Roughly 3% of all pediatric office visits in this country are a result of concerns over Children’s Hair Loss.
What are the causes of Hair Loss in children?
Several diagnosable conditions are responsible for the majority of cases of Hair Loss in children. Tinea Capitis is the most common cause of children’s Hair Loss.
My child has been diagnosed with Tinea Capitis, what does that mean?
Tinea Capitis is the most common cause for children’s Hair Loss. It is a superficial fungal infection that attacks hair shafts and follicles of the skin, scalp, eyebrows and eyelashes.
Children with Tinea Capitis experience Hair Loss that is patchy, ovular or round and typically visible just above the surface of the scalp.
What is Alopecia?
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease. And as with any autoimmune disease the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, leading to Hair Loss.
In most cases, Hair Loss occurs in small patches about the size of a quarter. In some, Hair Loss is more extensive leaving only wisps of hair or none at all as in Alopecia Areata Totalis. Loss of hair on the entire body is considered Alopcia Areata Universalis.
Can Alopecia be cured?
Currently, there is no conclusive diagnostic teatment for Alopecia Areata and no cure. Since there is little understanding of the disease, there are no approved drug therapies or treatments that are designed specifically to treat it. Nonsurgical Hair Replacement is often the best solution.
My doctor said my child is suffering from Telogen Effluvium. What can I do to help my child with her Hair Loss while we resolve the cause?
Prolonged and severe stress as in the death of a loved one, significant injury and the use of prescription medications like Accutane are often the cause of this illness. Hair Replacement Systems are the best means of treating any temporary Hair Loss situation. WHITE CLIFFS Phases program can help transition the Hair Loss as the situation is resolved over the six months to a year that this condition can last.
My child has cancer and will undergo chemotherapy. We have been told that this will result in complete Hair Loss and need a good solution that doesn’t affect her active lifestyle. Can WHITE CLIFFS help?
Yes. At WHITE CLIFFS we understand that Hair Loss in children can be devastating and we know that giving your child their natural appearance back will aide in their ability to feel good and to heal their body.
Fortunately, for almost every cancer sufferer, hair will begin to grow back several months after chemotherapy ends. However, even then, the first re-growth often contains hair that is of a different texture and/or color. Our hair extensions used in our Phases program can be clipped to existing hair to provide a more natural appearance while this temporary issue is resolved.
Will insurance cover my child’s Hair System?
This depends on your coverage. Your best option is to obtain a prescription for a hair prosthesis and work with your doctor and insurer to ensure coverage is provided prior to your child’s treatment.
If your insurance doesn’t cover the cost, or you lack coverage altogether, you may be eligible to work with our WHITE CLIFFS Foundation to receive a Hair System at significantly reduced costs.
My child is not afflicted with anything of the above. What else could it be?
Another often-misunderstood cause of Hair Loss in children is Trichotillomania, recognized as a habit of twirling or plucking one’s own hair. Trichotillomania is an obsessive-compulsive disorder.
A child suffering from Trichotillomania often must receive cognitive and behavioral therapy prior to receiving a Hair Replacement solution. Hair often regrows when the behavior is ceased and WHITE CLIFFS Phases can help the child maintain a natural appearance all throughout the process of regrowth.