What can cause child hair loss?

If your child is suffering from hair loss, you understand how devastating the effects can be. Many children with hair falling out may also experience psychological and emotional effects. This can include a losing self-confidence. Here our hair loss experts discuss the most common causes for hair loss in children to help you support your child.

what causes child hair loss


If you child’s hair has started to fall out in round patches, this may be a sign of alopecia areata. Alopecia in children is quite rare, but does affect 1 in 1,000 children. If you suspect your child is experiencing alopecia symptoms, please visit our hair loss specialists at our Simone Thomas hair loss clinic in Bournemouth. Our qualified trichologists will examine their scalp to help diagnose their condition and recommend a suitable hair loss treatment.


Tinea capitis

Tinea captis is a form of ringworm and one of the most common hair loss conditions for children. This fungal infection is contagious and can easily spread in school classroom and playgrounds. If your child’s scalp is dry and flaky, this may be a symptom of Tinea captis. It is easily treatable with antifungal medications and specialist shampoo.

Telogen effluvium

If you child is noticing hair loss after experiencing emotional stress, this might be due to telogen effluvium. This hair condition is an interruption to the normal hair cycle. During telogen effluvium, more hairs than usual are shed, sometimes up to 70%.


Vitamin deficiency

Nutritional imbalance can also cause hair loss in children. Either a lack of Vitamin H or Zinc or an excess of Vitamin A can cause hair to fall out.



Are baldness patches on your child’s head the same side as their dominant hand? This may be sign of trichotillomania: compulsive hair pulling. It is often linked to stress or anxiety. If you suspect this may be the cause, please consult our hair loss specialists at our Simone Thomas hair loss clinic in Bournemouth for further advice.


If you want more information about hair loss in children in Bournemouth, please contact our Simone Thomas hair salon on 01202 760003 today to book an appointment.

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