Alopecia areata is a common condition that occurs in males and females of all ages, but young persons are affected most often. The alopecia areata experience varies with age and can be especially difficult, for the patient as well as the parent, when it presents itself during childhood. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation has many programs created to ease the burden of the entire family when a child is diagnosed with alopecia areata.
Children under the age of five react very little to their alopecia areata, having very little impact if any. The preschool child is so busy exploring their world, acquiring skills, and gaining independence, that his appearance is virtually immaterial to himself and his peers. His hairloss may be an interesting anomaly, and nothing more. And, most likely his peers will not take much notice to this difference.