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Is there anything that we can do to stop this hair loss at such an early age?

My son is 16 and since he started going through puberty he has started losing his hair.

His hair line is already to the middle of his head. Is there anything that we can do to stop this hair loss at such an early age?


Robert Woodford | Pediatrician

Robert Woodford

Many health issues can contribute to hair loss. With an adolescent, your physician will review many things to look for a possible cause:

  • Current symptoms
  • Past medical history
  • Dietary history including the use of any supplements
  • Tobacco, alcohol or substance use (including anabolic steroids or supplemental androgens)
  • The timing of the onset of puberty.

Your physician will also look into the family history of hair thinning, hair loss, thyroid disorders or other endocrine system disorders.

Your son should receive a complete exam, during which the physician will look at:

  • Blood pressure
  • Height and weight – including changes in weight
  • An examination of the scalp, body, facial and scalp hair
  • Shape of the hairline, hair density and style
  • Nails

The physician will also want to look for physical and sexual signs of puberty.

A common diagnosis is pattern hair loss, however there are many problems which need to be evaluated – especially hair loss at this early age.

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