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15 Oct 2006

3yo's hair in shockin cond - deficiency?
My little girl's hair looks like I must be the worst mother on earth. It is limp, completely lacklustre, oddly textured, long in some areas, almost bald in others. The entire hairline is receding and breaks constantly despite my not putting tension on it (I tie it up loosely or not at all). Her scalp immediately breaks out in tiny sores and pimples if I put any sort of tension on it. If i tie it up pretty for a party, by the time she comes back from the party the sores have broken out just from the tension of a pony tail. I’ve never seen such extreme sensitivity. Is there something she is not getting in her diet? Her dad and I come from families of thick lustrous hair and both exhibit such. I'm at a loss.

The entire back third of the head refused to grow hair for the first year of her life and the hair is still hardly there. Cutting the hair one length and starting again still yields this puzzling growth pattern.

I also noticed my girl's hair has harldy grown at all for this year. I wouldn’t say this is due to breakage, it just seems the growth process is frozen. What can I do. Her nails are in ok health and in fact need regular cutting. Its just her hair. I've tried normal vitamin supplements, a good diet etc. She is otherwise a fine and healthy toddler. What might cause a child's scalp to be in such a poor state and what can I do about it?

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childhood diseases
paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

There are certainly deficiencies that can cause this problem particularly biotin or zinc deficiency.Your daughter's hair problem may be the result of a scalp problem if there are sores and pimples present. There are also other conditions called amino-acidurias that can be associated with this type of hair problem. It would be best for you to take her to your paediatrician. Please ask the paediatrician to look specifically for the conditions I have listed here.
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