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Hair Loss in Children

Hair loss in children, medically known as pediatric alopecia, can be a source of concern for both parents and children. At MJR Dermatology, we specialize in diagnosing and treating various causes of hair loss in pediatric patients. Our compassionate and skilled dermatologist, Dr. Matthew Reschly, is dedicated to providing effective and personalized care for children experiencing hair loss.

What is Pediatric Alopecia?

Pediatric alopecia refers to hair loss in children, which can range from mild thinning to complete baldness. This condition can affect children of all ages and has various causes, each requiring a unique approach to treatment.

Common Causes of Hair Loss in Children

Understanding the underlying cause of hair loss is crucial in developing an effective treatment plan. Common causes include:

  • Tinea Capitis: A fungal infection of the scalp, often characterized by round, scaly patches of hair loss.
  • Alopecia Areata: An autoimmune disorder that causes patchy hair loss.
  • Trichotillomania: A condition where a child pulls out their hair, often as a response to stress or anxiety.
  • Telogen Effluvium: A temporary hair loss condition often triggered by stress, illness, or medication.
  • Nutritional Deficiencies: Lack of essential nutrients can lead to hair thinning or loss.

Diagnostic Approach

Our initial approach at MJR Dermatology includes a thorough examination and may involve:

  • Reviewing the child’s medical history
  • Physical examination of the scalp and hair
  • Blood tests to rule out underlying medical conditions
  • Scalp biopsy in some cases

Treating Childhood Hair Loss

Treatment for pediatric alopecia varies depending on the cause and may include:

  • Medicated Shampoos and Topicals: For conditions like tinea capitis.
  • Corticosteroids: Used in cases of alopecia areata to reduce inflammation.
  • Behavioral Therapy: For trichotillomania, addressing the psychological aspect is crucial.
  • Nutritional Supplements: To address hair loss due to dietary deficiencies.
  • Gentle Hair Care Practices: Advising on proper hair care to minimize further damage.

Supportive Care and Counseling

Dealing with hair loss can be challenging for children, affecting their self-esteem and emotional well-being. We provide supportive care and counseling, helping children and their families cope with the psychological aspects of hair loss.

Why Choose MJR Dermatology for Pediatric Hair Loss Treatment

  • Expertise in Pediatric Dermatology: Our team is experienced in treating a wide range of pediatric skin and hair conditions.
  • Personalized Care Plans: We understand that each child is unique and tailor our treatments to suit their specific needs.
  • Comprehensive Approach: We focus on treating the hair loss and its underlying cause, ensuring holistic care for your child.
  • Family-Centered Treatment: We involve families in the treatment process, providing education and support throughout the journey.

Visit Us in Lawrenceville for Pediatric Hair Loss Solutions

If your child is experiencing hair loss, MJR Dermatology in Lawrenceville, is here to help. Contact us to schedule a consultation where we will assess your child’s condition and provide a tailored treatment plan. Our goal is to restore your child’s hair health and confidence, ensuring their overall well-being.

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Matthew J. Reschly, M.D., PC


2000 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 100
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
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