Do you remember this scene in Dumb and Dumber?
“We’ve got no food, we’ve got no jobs…OUR PET’S HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!”
This scene has been playing over and over in mind for the past couple weeks. Between our dog Theology’s mystery illness that is causing her to drink 156 gallons of water per day, Q’s tonsil and adenoid surgery, and CeCe’s mysterious hair loss…I have totally been quoting this silly Dumb and Dumber line over and over and over. How is that for a peek into how I deal with stress…? Maybe I should find a more mature way to deal with stress instead of quoting Jim Carey all day long.
So here is the CeCe scoop…A couple months ago she had a full head of silky hair…
It’s not so full and silky…
WEIRD Right?! Feel free to insert the D&D quote now (…our pet’s heads are falling off!).
Yesterday she had her thyroid checked (which can cause hair loss) and it was normal. Whew!
There are several different reasons for hair loss in children and we are trying to get down to the bottom of it. One cause is called Telogen Effluvium. Which can occur after a child has a high fever or significant stress event. CeCe had Hand Foot and Mouth Disease a couple months ago and spiked a 104 degree fever….it’s highly possible that the high fever is the cause for her hair loss since I haven’t seen her pulling it out compulsively like some children do as a nervous habit.
She does have some significant allergy promlems too and I am wondering if they have anything to do with it…? Does this ring a bell with anyone? If you are reading this and happen to be a Pediatric Allergist who specializes in hair loss in adorable children let me know what you think. The check’s in the mail.
So, now that we have Q all squared away with her tonsilectomy (which she recovered amazingly from…and has only had to take over-the-counter tylenol), it’s time to figure out the mystery of CeCe!