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How to Help Your Child Cope With Hair Loss

Written by  Kori Ellis 

Whether you child is suffering from hair loss due to alopecia areata, cancer treatments, trichotillomania or another cause, the emotional effects can be very distressing for the child and for the parents. Often young kids are confused or scared about why they are losing their hair. They also may be subject to teasing or bullying from peers. As a result, they may become withdrawn – not wanting to spend time with friends and classmates. They also may begin to act out or become defiant with parents and authority figures. Some children who are experiencing hair loss may even become clinically depressed.

Talk to your child

Be as open and honest with your child as you can about their hair loss, using age-appropriate terminology. Seek support from other families with children who are losing their hair, so that your child will realize that they aren’t alone.

Stop problems at school before they start

Meet with your child’s teachers and school administrators to discuss your child’s hair loss so that they can be aware of the issue. By keeping an open line of communication, teachers can be on the lookout for any teasing or bullying, tell parents when any problems arise and head off any issues early on.

Help other children understand

Often times kids avoid (or tease) a child who is experiencing hair loss – particularly if the hair loss is sudden. Children generally don’t realize or understand why a particular child may be losing their hair. They may think it’s contagious or they may be concerned for your child’s health. Talk to your child’s friends (and their parents) about the causes of the hair loss and answer any questions that they may have in order to make everyone more comfortable and promote understanding.

Get your child a wig

If your child wants to cover-up their hair loss, by all means, get him/her a wig. Nowadays, high-quality wigs are available that are very natural looking. Homage To Hair has a new line of wigs that is perfect for kids of all ages who are suffering from hair loss.

Seek professional help

If your child is depressed, acting out, confused or emotionally unstable due to their hair loss, it may be time to seek professional help. Your dermatologist (or other doctor who is treating the physical aspects of the hair loss) can typically offer suggestions for a child psychologist or other mental health professional familiar with hair loss.