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Hair Loss? Any wisdom?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Sweetkidmom, Feb 23, 2006.

  1. Sweetkidmom

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    Morning everyone (well it's morning here... :) )

    I am really hoping someone can help me, with all our cumulative experience.
    Jess is losing a dramatic amount of hair. It started about a month ago, with her complaining about her hair falling out when she brushed it. I didn't pay too much attention at first but recently I was helping brush out knots and it struck me that her ponytail is HALF the diameter it used to be. :eek:

    What could this be symptomatic of? Has anyone had this experience? (I apologise if this has already been mentioned - I've been busy and have not kept up with all posts for weeks now.) I've Googled it and I get such a bewildering array of possibilities that we'd need a *pint* of blood to test for everything. She is otherwsie well - in fact better than she has been for quite a while.

    Thanks in anticipation for any suggestions.

    Kay
     
  2. zimbie45

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    HI

    That is puzzeling, I really dont know what could be definanitly causing it, but i did notice her age....maybe its has to do with puberity adn stress realated to that?Good luch hopefully you can get an answer

    Chandra
    mom to charlize age 5 dx 1/4/05 t1
    sean age 2 non diabetic
     
  3. kittycatgirl

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    Same thing is going on with my daughter

    Hello, The same thing is going on with my daughter. Her doctors at the Joslin clinic are going to test her thyroid for possible issues. It is a symptom of thyroid problems. Their immune system can be fighting her thyroid as well. Don't put it off. They told me that it if last more than a week or so that they were going to test it. It isn't fun for a girl. They have to put up with so much that this seems like just one more thing.......
     
  4. cydnimom

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    I would agree also that you have her thyroid checked.
     
  5. Sweetkidmom

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    I'm just posting a follow-up to this thread, in case someone searches for "hair loss" in future and wants to know what caused it/ what we did.

    We had the thyroid checked out - all completely normal. (I was relieved.) Then we had the iron levels checked - everything was normal there too. We have an appointment with a skin specialist in a month's time in the nearest city.... but the most likely explanation seems to be that it is a response to a bad Shigella (gastroenteritis) infection she had late last year. She was really sick, had a fever and the most horrible diarrhoea for a week and got dehydrated, necessitating a drip, though fortunately not hospitalisation.

    Apparently hair loss can occur 3 to 4 months following an illness or operation and is related to the stress of the illness. Fortunately this type of hair loss is temporary.

    So I'm not nearly as worried about it anymore. Sure, it's a cosmetic issue for Jess, with good cause, but at least we didn't have to deal with an additional diagnosis.

    Kay
     

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