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Pretty OT: hair coming out very easily?

Not mine... my DDs. She's almost 2, and has a nephew (11 mos) who really likes to pull her hair. The thing is, he grabs a handful, and it just comes out, almost effortlessly. She doesn't even wince, much less cry, so it doesn't seem to really hurt her, although she does notice it, and usually bats at his hand or tries to push him away.

Her hair is very scraggly, and it's very fine, blond baby hair- she hasn't had a haircut yet. Anyway, I'm not sure if this is something to be concerned about- like she's deficient in something, or if it's just fine baby hair and it'll change when more mature hair grows in? Does that even make sense? :confused:

Here's a pic of the amount of hair that he got in just two quick grabs about an hour ago this morning...

it's a lot!

I know this is really off topic for this board...but I'm not sure where else to post... my BB is nearly dead recently!

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I don't have any direct experience with this, but I thought this could possibly explain it?

Children's Telogen Effluvium
Following a high fever, flu or severe emotional stress, hairs that were in their growth phase can sometimes be suddenly converted into their resting phase. Two to 4 months later, when the child is otherwise fine and the stress is forgotten, these hairs can begin to shed. The shedding, which is actually a mass exodus of follicles from growth into dormancy, can last for up to 6 weeks. The hair loss is not total nor does it tend to show up in patches. It typically appears thin throughout the scalp. Unless the initial cause is repeated, all the hairs normally return (Telogen Effluvium explains why many mothers lose so much hair in the weeks following childbirth). Most parents who bring their child to the physician for this condition are worried that the youngster has cancer or another bad disease. Hair takes between 3 and 6 months to re-enter into growth phase, so the restoration can be somewhat slow.

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Wow-- that is a lot of hair! Poor thing!

I know my first DD lost a good bit of hair and it was replaced by more "mature" hair. She was born with a TON of hair and around 2 it fell out and she got more sturdy hair (if that makes any kind of sense...lol!)

But I've not heard of others losing handfuls like that (except for ME post-baby....then I lose ridiculous amounts.....)

Hope you get some answers!

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Does she have any small round bald patches within her hair? I have a friend whose child had alopecia areata, but she only noticed it because she had round bald patches the size of a nickel or so. It wasn't general hair loss like TE like Leigh mentioned ~ I'm actually going through that now with weaning ~ I think my body is freaking out without any pregnancy or nursing hormones in it after 6 straight years. I hate it and its annoying! Hair everywhere!

I'd ask a Dr as it does seem like an awfully lot of hair to lose, especially with no reaction ~ it should hurt more (I would think) with a normal healthy follicle being pulled out.

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I have no idea but man, that seems like a lot of hair to lose. I would probably talk to a dr as well just to be safe.

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Even without the nephew, I'd think her hair would come out in handfuls with brushing & combing too. If not, keep the kids in separate rooms! (hahaha...) I suspect this is a phase that will soon pass. You'll be traveling soon though, so I guess the nephew won't be able to grab at her then.

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She does not have any bald patches, thankfully.

I'm really trying not to be paranoid, but, her breath smells funny the last few days, she sat in bed screaming in the middle of the night last night for no obvious reason for a good 10-20 minutes, she's been uber clingy in a new way recently. I am feeling kind of uneasy about something possibly being wrong in a big picture kind of way. It's nothing I can SEE myself. Doc visit might be on the cards.

But, Audra, I do hope it's just what you're describing your daughter having gone through!

ETA: I do have to add that I comb her hair after her baths, and even with occasional knots it doesn't come out- there is never any hair in the comb. So, hmm... maybe her cousin is very strong, and she has bad pain receptors in her head? Wink

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Hmm. Thyroid? I would definitely ask your pediatrician.

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"boilermaker" wrote:

Wow-- that is a lot of hair! Poor thing!

I know my first DD lost a good bit of hair and it was replaced by more "mature" hair. She was born with a TON of hair and around 2 it fell out and she got more sturdy hair (if that makes any kind of sense...lol!)

But I've not heard of others losing handfuls like that (except for ME post-baby....then I lose ridiculous amounts.....)

Hope you get some answers!

That's what happened to Tiven, except that she had barely any hair to begin with. Poor thing looked like a little boy she just didn't grow much hair for the first two years. And then it started coming out in handfuls, which scared the bejeses out of us. We had a well-baby check right about that time anyway, and her ped wasn't concerned about it at all, said some kids lose their baby hair in clumps, others lose it gradually. Her hair grew back in, and it's the more normal hair, not the soft baby hair she had that fell out.

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I'm going to take Beni in to the doc today just for peace of mind. I also had the thought that she could have some kind of worms/parasites- common occurrence when living abroad, especially in the sub-tropics/not first world.

Also, she was very sick with a stomach bug over the holidays- she got over it just before New Year's Eve. She puked for three days straight, couldn't keep any food down, etc. She was a mess- lost 5-10% of her body weight in those three days. So that was just about 2 mos ago... so it could be the TE that Leigh mentioned... only thing is, I'm pretty sure her hair has been coming out like this for a while.... so anyway... we'll get her checked out and see what the doc says!

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Well, I took DD to the doc today, and she had a good thorough exam- and was pronounced the picture of health. Doc said she probably is just tough when it comes to her head for some reason. She was willing to do blood work if I insisted, but, she said based on Beni's coloring and overall health, she's absolutely sure she's not anemic. She did write her a script for de-worming meds, so we'll do that, and see if anything changes. She pulled on Beni's hair herself and said that to her it seemed like normal resistance... her cousin must be pulling REALLY hard.

The doc definitely took me seriously, and looked very concerned as I explained all the things that were worrying me... but after the exam she was all confidence that Beni is totally healthy...so I came away feeling good, and not worried. I'll take her to a ped in the States for her 2 year check up (in two months), and I'll bring stuff up again then if I need to, and see if they handle it any differently...but for now, I'm satisfied, that she's ok. Smile Thanks for all the support! Smile

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"momW" wrote:

I have no idea but man, that seems like a lot of hair to lose. I would probably talk to a dr as well just to be safe.

This.

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I'm glad the doctor said that everything looked good. It totally seems like a lot of hair to loose from the looks of that pic. Hopefully she is just shedding some of her baby hair to make way for her big girl hair. Again, I'm glad all is well.