You may be thinking that children and hair loss are not really connected. However, the number of children with hair loss has been on the increase in recent years. However, recently, there has been an increasing trend. And in fact, parents with children suffering from hair loss sometimes come to LEAVE21 for consultation.
Causes of hair loss in children
Two possible causes of hair loss among children these days are “dietary changes” and “stress. In particular, “dietary changes” are thought to have a significant impact on hair loss.
Hair loss and diet in children
The infant stage is a time when we need to gradually switch from baby food to a balanced regular diet, and we need to be very careful to avoid unbalanced nutrition. However, some mothers these days are feeding their children instant foods and fast foods with impunity. In some cases, they hardly feed their children foods that are essential for their health, such as potatoes, beans and green and yellow vegetables.
Hair loss and stress in children
In the past, children played around in fields, parks, and schoolyards. They did not need to say the word “exercise” or spend a lot of money to be physically active. As the economy has become more affluent, the number of nuclear families and the birthrate has declined, and the number of children playing in open spaces and parks has plummeted. At the same time, children are playing video games at home or being sent to cram school…. It seems that today’s children are generally under a lot of stress in addition to a lack of exercise.
These changes in the living environment are thought to be the cause of the increase in lifestyle-related diseases in children and, by extension, the cause of hair loss.
Common hair loss types in children
Commonly seen in children is “diffuse alopecia” or “malignant alopecia areata,” in which a large number of hairs fall out sparsely over the entire scalp, almost certainly due to stress. Some cases of male pattern hair loss are also seen.