If you have hair loss on either side of your family, your chances of hair loss are higher. Your genetics will also influence when you start to experience hair loss, it’s speed, and it’s extent. This type of hair loss will only increase over time, and will not respond to changes in diet, or other remedies that may work for non-genetic hair loss. Women with androgenetic alopecia can use several different DHT blockers, such as minoxodil (the active ingredient in Rogaine), an over the counter drug that helps regrow hair, or at least slows the hair loss.
Although it is safe for young children can receive cortisone injections, I rarely perform injections in children with hair loss under the age of 8-10 years. This is simply to make sure the child is comfortable with the treatment. But it all depends on the child. There are some young children age 8 or 9 who feel comfortable with a few injections in the scalp, especially when I used a variety of distraction techniques. However, there are other children and adolescents who are not comfortable at all - and we choose not to inject but rather focus on other types of treatments.