I have a very active 6 year old daughter who has lost all her hair. I would love for her to be able to find a wig that she would be able to wear in gymnastics and dance, but have concerns on what kind is best. Ideally it would be nice if she could pull her wig up into a pony tail. It sounds like she would be able to do this with a suction wig. My concern is that she is a growing child and how long will the wig fit her until we need to buy a new one. I assuming they don't come cheap and the fit would be jeopordized by a growth spurt. Also I am concerned with how comfortable it would be for her. We live in South Texas and it gets extremely hot. Is is going to be to uncomfortable for her to wear during the summer? And if anyone has experience with organizations that help with wigs for kids, I would appreciate hearing how that worked for you. She has a big dance recital and gymnastics testing in June and I would love for her to be able to participate without the stares and explinations. I don't think I go a day without someone asking me about her condition. I know they mean well, but it gets old.
I know what you mean about adults losing their manners. For the most part kids have been great, but I have had several adults that have said totally inappropriate things. The other day in Wal Mart I had a woman ask me "What's the deal with her having no hair?" I explained her condition and then the woman said she was glad to hear it was not cancer, but was this caused maybe by her not washing her hair well enough. I just said no and walked off. Then I had a woman at church ask if I could have my daughter come to Sunday School with a hat or scarf to make her child feel more comfortable around her. Moments like these are the worse. Luckily my daughter hasn't been paying attention when this has happened, so I just let it go. But you know I secretly wanted to give them a piece of my mind.
I was thinking about contacting Hair Club for Kids. I am just torn because she shows no interest in wigs. I keep thinking this might change, but for now it hasn't. She sees other people in wigs and talks about how great they look, but she also sees bald women and says they are pretty too. Everyone keeps saying do it anyway to have one on hand in case she changes her mind. I am wondering what sort of message I am sending her if I take her and she doesn't care. Is she going to think I am doing it because I am embarrassed? Being bald hasn't hurt her self esteem at all. In fact at times I think she likes the attention of being different. I guess I am just worrying too much.
Glad to hear you daughter is growing hair again. I hope it stays. Were you using any treatments or did it just decide to come back?
Hey Dena...I suggest you to do a simple thing..It may help for you and your child to talk with other children who have been through the experience of cancer treatment and hair loss, and learn what worked and didn't work for them. Your hospital social worker can help you find children or young adults with cancer to share their views and one more thing I want to say that If your child is interested in wearing a wig, first get a "prescription" from your physician for insurance company purposes. Many health insurers cover the cost of wigs (called a "hair prosthesis" in insurance language) if a physician prescribes these. Locate a wig shop or hair salon that can help with a wig for a young person; your hospital social worker can usually make recommendations.
My daughter has a love hate relationship with her wigs. She mostly just wares it at school.
She is in the 4th grade. She will throw it about like an old hat, but panic when misplaced.
It is the younger children that bother her the most. They say whatever is on there mind.
I do not like it when adults say something directly to her. I think it highly inappropriate.
I Understand that most people should not plan to wear wigs "out of the box." To fit comfortably and look good, wigs usually need some styling, trimming, and other adjustments by hair care professionals. Also, wigs need to be the right size for your child to be comfortable. Talk with your wig expert to discuss whether to use natural (human) or synthetic hair for your child's wig. Generally, synthetic hair keeps it shape and requires less care than human hair, and is less expensive as well. Both kinds of hair come in a variety of colors and textures and you should be able to approximate your child's natural hair if you choose to do so.