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What is nutritional deficiency and how does it cause hair loss in children?

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It doesn't happen often, but hair loss can be a symptom of a lack of certain nutrients, including:

In some cases, hair loss can be a symptom of too much vitamin A.

  • Vitamin H, or biotin, one of the B complex of vitamins, which help the body to change carbohydrates into glucose for fuel.
  • Zinc, an essential mineral that supports growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence.

From: Hair Loss in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Hair Loss Association: "Children's Hair Loss."

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: "Hair Loss in Children."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Vitamin H (Biotin)."

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Zinc."

The Ohio State University Medical Center: "Baldness (Alopecia)."

University of Virginia Health System: "Diabetes & Other Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders."

MassGeneral Hospital for Children: "Hair Loss."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Alopecia Areata."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on July 8, 2018

SOURCES:

American Hair Loss Association: "Children's Hair Loss."

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: "Hair Loss in Children."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Vitamin H (Biotin)."

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Zinc."

The Ohio State University Medical Center: "Baldness (Alopecia)."

University of Virginia Health System: "Diabetes & Other Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders."

MassGeneral Hospital for Children: "Hair Loss."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Alopecia Areata."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on July 8, 2018

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