Children and Alopecia: What you Need to Know
Reasons for hairloss in children include hair pulling, ringworm on the scalp, nutritional deficiency, new born hair loss (little bald spot in back of head from rubbing) endocrine problems, and alopecia.
Rarer reasons for alopecia in children include pressure-induced alopecia (stress), alopecia related to nutritional deficiency or toxic ingestion, and androgenetic alopecia.
So yes, environment for child, stress in children, and nutritional deficiency (diet and lifestyle) also are factors to hairloss just like adults!
We all know that the quality of water, air, food, environment is much more polluted today then 30+ years ago.
We live in a toxic world where exposures to chemicals and heavy metals are pervasive. They’re in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the personal care products that we slather on our skin. every. single. day.
A growing fetus is uniquely vulnerable to mom’s toxic exposures through placental transfer. A 2009 study by the Environmental Working Group identified 232 different industrial compounds and pollutants in the cord blood of 10 infants.
Exposures in the womb initiate problems long before birth. These environmental exposures are linked to lead poisoning, asthma, cancer, neurobehavioral disorders like autism, and more.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology along with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine published a formal committee opinion on this in 2013:
“Patient exposure to toxic environmental chemicals and other stressors is ubiquitous, and preconception and prenatal exposure to toxic environmental agents can have a profound and lasting effect on reproductive health across the life course. ”
Yet, this complicated topic doesn’t seem to get the attention it deserves. Especially when it comes to preconception counseling.