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Severe hair shedding as a child?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 24, 2012 at 2:57 AM

As a kid I remember pretty severe hair shedding, to the point where my Mom became concerned enough to take me to the doctor. I remember the doctor gave my Mom basically a diet plan for me to follow, but I really don't remember what it was, and I don't think I followed it at all (loose parenting).

For most of my childhood I basically got to eat whatever I wanted (my go to meal sandwich consisting of Dorito's and american cheese smashed between two white peices of white bread with a side of some kind of sugar water). Even though I had an awful diet I was a very thin kid, maybe too thin, due to picky eating probably.

So my question is what could cause hair shedding like that in a child? I'm just wondering, this memory came to me out of nowhere the other day. Would it be something like a lack of iron? Protein? Vitamins and minerals? Calories in general?

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Thanks very much for the answer, Judy. I cringe when I think about my early eating habits. Is the possibility of protein allergies and sensitivities usually unique to the child/person, or is it more the fact there are certain foods that inflame the gut of most people?

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on February 24, 2012
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Yup when a child has thin weak dry brittle hair this is pretty much about protein. That can mean (a) poor/low total protein intake (b) low total calorie intake, which obligates any protein eaten to be deaminated and burned for energy (instead of used for hair or any other tissue) (c) lots of inflammation from proteins (allergies, sensitivities) that cause the gut to be too inflamed to absorb protein very well... There are certain fats, vitamins and minerals in the mix to make hair (biotin for one) but none of these can be used unless there is adequate protein on board. Kids are growing and thus need a good portion of food intake as carbs so that protein and fats are not misappropriated for fuel. They need protein and fats for lots of other stuff while growing - including hair!

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on February 24, 2012
at 07:45 AM

Thanks very much for the answer, Judy. I cringe when I think about my early eating habits. Is the possibility of protein allergies and sensitivities usually unique to the child/person, or is it more the fact there are certain foods that inflame the gut of most people?

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