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very slow hair growth 6year old
victreen posted:
Hello, My daughter is going to be 6 yrs old this december 24th. She is healthy with no allergies that I know of, on the tall side and thin for a child her age. She takes a multi vitamin every day, she eats vegtables, fruit and some meats, cheese, milk. I can't keep her away from salty foods Like green olives, sharp cheese, mustard, pickles anything salty or sour she craves since she was old enough to talk. I've even caught her drinking the olive and pickle juice out of the jar. I don't think this is normal. Any way the reason I'm writing is because her hair refuses to grow almost at all. She has never had a hair cut since she was born and her hair is not patch its a full head of hair no bald spots but it's very thin and it has yet to reach her shoulders and she's going to be six. I just don't understand why her hair isn't growing. Could she be lacking in anything that could cause the salty sour cravings and slow hair growth?
khtkk08 responded:
Hi. I don't have an answer for you but wanted to tell you about one of my daughters. She is 3 1/2 yrs. old and her hair is so short people ALWAYS think she's a boy. It is thin and wiry and sticks straight out. It still feels like baby hair in a way. I have had her tested for everything I can think of and she is healthy. She eats great. Her favorite food is sharp cheddar cheese. She was born 9 weeks early and is a little short for her age. Her twin sister has long, thick, wavy hair so this adds to the frustration. The doctor's tell me it will grow and not to worry. My daughter was tested to make sure she is absorbing nutrients properly. Tests came back normal and this did give me peace of mind. You might ask her doctor about that is you haven't already. It's a blood test. Good luck.
Dr__Parker responded:
I can't think of a probolem that would connect her salt-craving to her slow hair growth. Also, it's unlikely to be due to a nutritional deficiency in an otherwise healthy child. Did anyone else in he family have hair like this as a child?

In general, we suspect a medical reason if not only the hair doesn't grow much, but also the nails rarely need clipping and the skin is also unusual in some way. if that is the case then a pediatric dermatologist can sometimes provide insight.
victreen responded:
Thank you Dr. P My sister and my sister in-law both have similar hair issues when they were kids and actually still to this day. Her nail growth is normal and her skin is perfect so I guess it's nothing to worry about.

I do wonder if you know of anything that would cause her to have these constant salt cravings it's non stop ever since she was old enough to ask for her own foods by name. I had to stop buying spanish green olives because of the amount she would consume and then drink the juice I know the sodium levels in the olives and pickles, sharp cheese and yellow salad mustard is not healthy. But it conserns me as to why she craves these types of foods so bad.
ses259 responded:
Hi, my daughter is exactly the same. She is four, fit and healthy - growing well tall and thin. Her hair has hardly ever grown though and it has always worried me. Atfirst my husband just thought it was slow, but now she is in full time school and getting bigger and it is still not growing I think he is agreeing with me. She is mixed race so it is curly but not even an inch long. I just dont understand how it could have grown so little in over 4 years. I have now bn to a doctor who is going to do a blood test in a few months for either iron deficincy or a wheat allergy, but I was amazed when I found this site as it his her symptems on the head and one of the replies r.e. it being a medical reason and not an allergy if her nails dont grow stuck me! I have probably never had to clip her nails in her life! but again just thought she seems healthy so they dont really grow for some reason??? I'm so sorry I cant help you any further and will let you know if I find out more, and would be really grateful if you would too. It is a strange situation as I dont like to tell people it worries me incase they think it is about vanity, but people have started to point it out to me more lately which prompted me to go to the doctors. Although she has always been called a boy on occasions - I do wish people would look closer at my princess sometimes than just her short hair! I'm just puzzled as the doctor led me to believe an allergy, yet the slow hair growth and no nail growth could mean something else when looking on line?
davedive responded:
My son is going on 9 and his hair has not ben cut in 1/2 a year. His brother's hair needs cutting every month practically. My son is tall too and very thin. you can see all his ribs and muscles. He does complain about stomach aches or dizziness some nights. During the day he is seemingly very healthy - a good eater and good swimmer, doing well in school - but my wife and I getting concerned about the hair growth and stomach aches. We live outside the US and do not have access to what i would call standard pediatric medical care.
IDzign4u replied to davedive's response:
My 7 year old daughter has very similar symptoms as your son, davedive. We have had several tests taken, including food allergies, vitamin deficiencies, auto immune disorder, but all came back negative. My daughter also has stomach aches, and only at night, so her doctor prescribed an antacid (zantac) for her stomach pains. If we miss a dosage she inevitably will wake up around 2am complaining of stomach pains.

It has been quite some time since you've posted your message, and I didn't see a response, but am very hopeful that you were able to determine the cause/solution.

Hoping you and your family are doing well.
healthquestionsseattle replied to IDzign4u's response:
I am wondering if anyone on this post has found a solution or an answer. did your child's hair start to grow? my son is almost 8 yrs old and he has never had a hair cut. he still has thin baby hair. his hair does not even reach his shoulders. he also has stomach pains - about 1 a week and they are not from being constipated. he poops daily. he also eats a well rounded, conscious diet. these two symptom scare me and i can't find any answers as to why they would occur.

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