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Can hair loss happen in kids, too?

Iris Rodriguez-Johnson, MD
Pediatrics
Hair loss or alopecia can happen in children. There are several causes of this condition. It is important to know whether the process is congenital or acquired or was the hair loss sudden or gradual. A history of temporary stress such as a preceding physical or psychological stress may temporarily upset the hair growth cycle. Examples of these are illnesses with high fever, surgical procedures, hospitalizations, birth of a sibling, divorce of parents, and death of a family member. Medications that the child may be taking may also cause hair loss. Family history is another reason.
 
 

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