5 Things to Do When Your Child Has Alopecia
You know your child better than anyone else! And your child is a sponge to its environment: quite literally and figuratively.
We all want the best for our children and we want them to never have to go through any hardships, but many times, its the resilience that makes them stronger, its the comeback that allows them to shine brighter and its also the overcoming challenges that sets them up for mental toughness and long term success. Just like going through chickenpox as a kid, (yes I remember this), my immune system is now a lot stronger because of it.
I am a huge advocate in including children into the cooking, cleaning, and other duties of the household. Especially in the kitchen though, because this way, children can learn what's truly healthy. Learning cooking skills and having a bigger appreciation for their health, body, and good food will create better habits for life. Knowledge is key to future success to future healthy body image, to future healthy habits, to future healthy decisions.
Did you know that tastebuds change? Let's say your child has been addicted to sugar and sweets, this can all change and their cravings can also change once you stop giving them the sweets and sugar for at least 30 days. Tastebuds themselves take anywhere from 10-14 days but habits can change in 21 days and the "need" or craving can go away by day 30. This is great news, because we can always retrain our likes and dislikes. We can retrain our tastebuds and our habits!
Explain Alopecia and Get Them Involved
If your child is old enough and you are able to explain to them what alopecia is, and how the new changes in diet and lifestyle will help them with their health and hair, perhaps they will be less likely, less tempted to eat the birthday cake at a friends party, or the pizza that their local sports team/activities group ordered. Their participation is required in order to make participation in the Alopecia Angel Program more effective without hindering their current status. Perhaps showing them success stories can help motivate them!
I understand healing alopecia, making diet and lifestyle changes take discipline and patience, and with a child g