Parenting a child with alopecia areata can be difficult. Parents of children with alopecia areata need to keep in mind, children can be much more resilient than we imagine. They are generally optimistic, and don’t have the expectation for rejection or ridicule that adults may have as they haven’t experienced or observed it. Children’s learning’s are from those in direct contact in their world, as a parent if a child sees hair loss as a source of anxiety or sadness for you, they will internalise those feelings.
This does not mean that you ignore or repress your own feelings of loss, sorrow, and anger when you are trying to cope. In addition, parents should know that feelings of guilt about somehow being responsible for your child’s hair loss are natural and to be expected. However, children with alopecia areata don’t blame their parents.
AAAF has many resources to assist. Contact a support group in your region to be connected with Children of similar ages as the greatest healer is not feeling alone.
AAAF VIDEO- Jamie is just your ordinary kid, until one day, he loses his hair. Join Jamie, and thousands of other kids like him, as he learns about hairloss and Alopecia Areata.
This school pack is for primary school integration and is a wealth of ideas on educating your closest peers on the condition.
Download the SCHOOL PACK 2016 Update
Behind The News – Alopecia Segment
AAAF Support Ambassador Stef shares her experiences with Alopecia Areata, explaining how the condition occurs and what it feels like to grow up with.
NAAF Parents Webinar
The Dr Richard Long ‘Back to School’ webinar for parents from NAAF
Colouring in Book.
The colouring book was created by Dr Manuel F. Casanova and dedicated to his daughter Belinda, an alopecia areata/universalis patient since 2 years of age.
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