Question: I have a 5 yr old daughter that just started losing her hair about a week ago. The dermatologist said it was alopecia so I have been reading everything I can find on it. I am trying to cope with the fact that my baby girl is losing her hair which is not an easy thing to do. She has 3 older siblings how do I go about explaining it to them? I have been trying but her big sister that is 8 is taking it especially hard! Any advise would be greatly appreciated!
Answer: Sometimes having a child with alopecia is more devastating for the parent than the child. I think it is important that you find support for yourself too. I was devastated when Maddie was diagnosed, but she is okay, and your daughter will
be too. It is important for her to know that you think she is beautiful with or without hair and that you believe everything will be okay. I know that is hard right now, but try to take it one day at a time and to put on a happy face for your daughter. She will take great comfort in that, and you will start to feel better too. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard the saying, “Fake it until you make it.” A friend gave me that advice when Maddie was first diagnosed. I was honestly angry at first, but she was right, and her advice helped me.