Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Jane | 2010/04/20


childs hair

Please advise- my daughter has fine hair, and she was completely bald when she was born. She is now 5 and we have only ever cut her fringe yet her hair length is not even to her shoulders! I have trimmed probably a total of less than 2cm off the length of her hair (just to shape it into a bob) over the years.

So 5 years her hair has grown so slowly that it has not yet reached her shoulders. Her scalp is just fine, we''ve never had any problems and it looks healthy. I wash her hair about twice a week with normal shampoo and conditioner. She doesn''t wear hats or do anything weird that could possibly explain the lack of growth.

Her nails grow well and strong, I cut them at least twice a week. She has no skin problems or any other health problems (never had any as a baby either, she''s a very healthy child).

I also had fine hair as a child but I''m beginning to worry about her hair not growing as it should- her friends of the same age have hair LITERALLY down to waist length and that''s with many trims in between!

Why is her hair growing so slowly? WHat can I do to help it grow faster>  Should I be worried about this? Is it normal? I''m really broke so if you say she needs to see a doc I''ll do it but I''ll have to borrow the money to tak her- please assist doctor.


Expert's Reply



This is quite a common problem and the cause is not usually at all obvious. The good news is that with time your daughter's hair will suddenly start growing well. She must eat a good diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and drink water every day.Wash her hair with a good quality aloe vera shampoo. There are some excellent shampoos available. After shampooing her hair massage a small amount of cocanut oil into her scalp to help to promote her hair growth.

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