Many adults expect to lose some hair as they age, but hair loss in children can cause alarm, especially when they become upset about bald spots or thin hair. However, hair loss in children is relatively common.
Hair loss in children may have different patterns to adult hair loss. For example, androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness, is the most common cause in adults. In children, common causes include fungal or bacterial infections, telogen effluvium (stress-related hair loss), and traction alopecia.
However, the most common cause of hair loss in children is scalp ringworm, which is a treatable fungal infection. Doctors can treat…
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