It doesn’t matter the cause or treatment plan, hair loss can be devastating to a child’s emotional health and self-esteem. Children who are arguing hair loss due to alopecia areata, trichotillomania, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or other causes can have an extremely difficult time adjusting to life without hair. In addition to a loss of self-confidence, these children often are ridiculed or bullied due to their baldness or thinning hair.
While your child is undergoing medication, one of the best ways to help her deal with the emotional impact of the hair loss is by wearing a wig. Kids just want their hair back and a wig can do that temporarily until their real hair regrows.
“Children are very sensitive about their view, especially when they are going to school; they try to be more careful about their wig wearing. The hair has to be good quality, as natural as possible, as if it were their own hair”.
Many parents are troubled that wigs won’t be able to withstand a child’s active lifestyle. “Kids are very active so they need something that they can feel very protected in and that feels like their own hair,” Khanis says. “For their cases, Follea has a Gripper Sport wig, which they can be very active in without worrying that it will come off. The Gripper wigs stay securely in place with medical grade silicone tabs, and do not require adhesives that can irritate the skin.”
Before purchasing a wig, try to get a prescription for the wig from your child’s doctor — it may be covered by your insurance. Remember that quality materials when it comes to a wig. A visible, unnatural wig may cause your child to be ridiculed even more by classmates and peers.