Do hair disorders affect children differently than adults?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
One form of hair loss, commonly found in children, called trichotillomania is due to a constant pulling of their hair. If the hair pulling is stopped, the hair loss ceases. Alopecia areata, where patches of hair are lost with no obvious cause, is more common in children and young adults than in older adults. Excessive hair growth is found in children reaching puberty and the congenital form is present at birth. Children might have a harder time dealing with hair disorders than an adult would because of emotional immaturity.

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