My 2yr old child was intubated at the hospital for 1 1/2 days. When the tube came out and we were able to hold her I noticed a red bump on the back of her head approx. 1 inch in diameter. When the bump healed her hair also fell out. Every time she lays down on a hard surface she says "head hurts". It has been 3 weeks and I have noticed occasionally (twice) the bald spot has a bruise on it. Her total hospital stay was 2 days and it was for a scorpion sting.
I am sorry to hear the course of events in the case of your child. Why was she intubated? What was the diagnosis?
A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.
Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance.
Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.
Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.
Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.
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