Hair Loss in Children – Telogen Effluvium

Treatments For Telogen Effluvium Hair Loss in Children at Simone Thomas Hair Loss Clinic in Bournemouth

Here at Simone Thomas we see many children suffering hair loss.  Childhood hair loss can have many causes, including a condition called telogen effluvium.  In this post we explain what this common condition is and outline the treatments available at our Dorset trichology clinic.

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What Is Telogen Effluvium?

Telogen effluvium is a common cause of hair loss in children.  To understand it fully, one must understand a hair’s normal life cycle. An individual hair follicle has a long growth phase, producing steadily growing hair for 2 to 6 years (on average 3 years). This is followed by a brief transitional phase (about 3 weeks) when the hair follicle degenerates. This in turn is followed by a resting phase (about 3 months) when the hair follicle lies dormant. This last, resting,  phase is called the telogen phase.

Following the telogen phase, the growth phase begins again — new hairs grow and push out the old hair shafts. The whole cycle repeats. For most people, 80% to 90% of the follicles are in the growth phase, 5% are in the brief transition phase, and 10% to 15% are in the telogen phase. Each day about 50-150 hairs are shed and replaced by new hairs.

With telogen effluvium, something happens to interrupt this normal life cycle and many or all of the hairs adopt the telogen phase. Between 6 and 16 weeks later, partial or complete baldness and hair loss appears.


What Causes Telogen Effluvium?

Many different events can cause telogen effluvium, including extremely high fevers, surgery under general anaesthesia, excess vitamin A, severe prolonged emotional stress such as a death of a loved one, severe injuries and the use of certain prescription medication such as accutane for acne. 

During the on-going stress of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen an increase in Telogen Effluvium hair loss.   This can be caused by the disease itself or by the emotional turmoil the pandemic has caused.

How Can You Treat Telogen Effluvium Hair Loss?

In children, once the stressful event is over or if the hair loss is a result of drug side effects, it usually requires no treatment other than discontinuing the medication that is causing the problem.

Full hair growth can be expected to between six months and one year. In the meantime, if your child would like to visit our hair loss clinic to try hair extensions, human hair or synthetic wigs in Bournemouth, please contact us.

Book An Appointment At Our Bournemouth Hair Loss Clinic

If you are concerned by your child’s hair loss, book an appointment with the expert team of trichologists at our Westbourne clinic.   You can be sure of a sympathetic welcome for you and your child, and we can assess your child’s hair and diagnose the underlying condition and offer treatments as appropriate.

Call our Westbourne Trichology Clinic on 01202 760003 or alternatively you can book online or request a consultation by completing the form below.


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