Four months, my 7 yr old Porsche started losing her hair. It resembled a widows peak on a man, but lower. It was on her right side, and kept extending across her hairline.
At first, I dismissed it. My older friends talked about hair loss with their daughters as a natural occurrence around age 7.
“Hormones kicking in,” said one, a dermatologists assistant for many years. I didn’t worry- I watched. And watched. Over the next four months, her hair continued receeding, and started on the other side of her head. Then right above her ear. During this time, rog kept telling me it was because she pulls her hair tight or twists it with her fingers. Friends continued to tell me it would grow back.
Well, last Tuesday I was washing her hair in the bathtub and while lifting it up, saw two huge gaping holes of skin where hair should have been. Imagine a Miley Cyrus Mohawk, and that’s what her hair looked like underneath. Her hair is long up top but absent underneath. Worse, there are no visible follicles- it’s flat skin like facial skin.
Calls to the dermatologist followed – after consulting the pediatrician. Alopecia, or hair loss. After making several appointments, a friend who is a research scientist dug up a whole lotta data not available to the common man (or woman).
Hair loss in children accounts for 3% of all pediatric appts.
Hair loss can be reverse in many cases by cortisone shots (ouch)
The shots or cream or treatment must occur before the follicle has time to close- permanently.
At this point, several other causes are possible, as well as treatments.
Last week, I did the mother thing and envisioned a daughter losing her hair, going through adolescence and adulthood wearing wigs. The businesswoman in me got to problem solving.
Here are the pictures of what we are dealing with: