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Alopecia Areata - Anyone have any experience? 10 yo DS

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DuchessofAnkh Mon 14-Mar-16 10:15:53

Does anyone have any experience with Alopecia Areata in a child?

DS is 10 and has patchy hair loss, it is difficult to work out what is going on!

Matildatoldsuchdreadfullies Mon 14-Mar-16 10:19:55

Is the hair loss in one place? DD1 developed a large bald patch on one side of her head when she was 12. It turned out that she twisted a chunk of hair when she worked, and it was simply a response to this. Fortunately she was able to break the habit in a couple of weeks (she simply wore a hat when doing homework).

DuchessofAnkh Mon 14-Mar-16 15:46:35

No - he has about 10 patches ranging from 10p piece sized to the largest which is 3cm

His is just about covering them with a comb-over of the rest of his hair, definitely falling out not being pulled.

Helennn Mon 14-Mar-16 15:49:35

My son had this as about the same age up until when he was 15, but only one or two patches. It seems to have stopped now. The hairdresser said we should see the doctor but we never did 😊. Have you seen a doctor yet? If so, what did they say? I know it can be an auto-immune type problem.

cestlavielife Mon 14-Mar-16 22:49:50

Are the patches completely devoud of hsir very smooth ?
My ds had this at 10 he went bald.

Go to gp and Get a referral to dermatologist there are some creams you can try.

Any stress you can relate it too?

slicedfinger Mon 14-Mar-16 22:54:45

I had this first at about 10. I still get it when I am stressed (actually a few weeks after big stress) and currently have wonky eyebrows.

slicedfinger Mon 14-Mar-16 22:55:35

I meant to add I've seen various dermatologists etc over the years and never had anything that helped except time.

DuchessofAnkh Tue 15-Mar-16 05:50:13

We noticed it first around christmas, and went to the GP, the patches seem to have a very little stubbly regrowth, abd GP said just wait it'll grow back.

But it hasn't and if anything has got worse.

You can feel a small amount of very short hair still, but the same as at Christmas.

The patches have increased in size.

slicedfinger Tue 15-Mar-16 08:40:22

If there is stubble, in my case that would be a good sign of it growing back. It can take ages though. One particularly bad bit of mine took 3 years to fill in properly.

cestlavielife Tue 15-Mar-16 12:46:19

yes stubble would indicate it may regrow. you can ask dermatologist about trying some creams which may promote regrowth. my ds has no stubble tho at times has appeared to have very fine hair growing.

cestlavielife Tue 15-Mar-16 12:48:40

this shows progress, over few months, in one what remained was cut v close

cestlavielife Tue 15-Mar-16 12:50:17

ask for referral tpo dermatologist - ours was nice and we did try a cream but no effect..but might be different you can weigh up pros and cons (the creams are harsh, may have side effects)
any autoimmune conditions in the family?

DuchessofAnkh Tue 15-Mar-16 15:26:15

looks like this...

DuchessofAnkh Tue 15-Mar-16 15:26:44

no history of anything in the family...

DuchessofAnkh Tue 15-Mar-16 15:27:35


AnotherTimeMaybe Tue 15-Mar-16 15:30:24

OP have you checked thyroid?

DuchessofAnkh Tue 15-Mar-16 15:42:53

I'm pretty sure it was tested when he had his blood test - will check the results when I get home....

He was tested for many things - the only thing that came back was slightly low vitamin D (but not the cause of this btw).

Definitely not coeliac...

AnotherTimeMaybe Tue 15-Mar-16 15:55:45

Did they do a full test on vitamins ?

You see thyroid could be borderline and could be causing this - DM had same issue
Glucose levels could be the culprit as well
Ok yes do let us know when you check them again

DuchessofAnkh Tue 15-Mar-16 16:41:51

glucose levels were fine, I did check that as DM has diabetes....

DuchessofAnkh Fri 18-Mar-16 11:57:57

OK, checked thyroid on blood tests - all fine (not even borderline)

AnotherTimeMaybe Sat 19-Mar-16 13:38:14

Ok it's good that he has no thyroid issues. If I were you I'd look into his diet. Hair needs protein, maybe he's deficient? If you want you could give non denatured organic whey protein in a cold smoothy and see how it goes?

DuchessofAnkh Sun 20-Mar-16 16:01:13

Thanks anothertime...

He is a very good eater.... meat, veg, fruit, so if he's deficient it'll be something else causing it. Have googled symptoms and doesn't really fit, but will bear it in mind...

Does anyone know if thyroid fluctuates? So just because it was high on the day of the test may not be all the time?

DuchessofAnkh Sun 20-Mar-16 16:05:02

For information he is on the short side of height for his age (9th centile) and 50th centile for weight, so top end of "normal" BMI. Not overweight.

Eats a very varied and balanced diet, but was slightly deficient in vitamin d. GP thought this was normal though for many British people at this time of year and not a problem

DuchessofAnkh Sun 20-Mar-16 16:07:37

I just have a great frustration at the moment that while it has a label of Alopecia it is very unclear what is causing it....

AnotherTimeMaybe Sun 20-Mar-16 16:16:03

Could you post your values of thyroid and vitamin d?

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