• How do I tell my two year old girl she is going to lose her hair?

    Asked by amandakrystyne on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    How do I tell my two year old girl she is going to lose her hair?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • little_fut's Avatar

      I agree with geekling, let someone else be the one to tell her. This will allow you to be her hero as you have always been. Her costant point of strength and safety. I realize this must is very difficult for you and please know my prayers are with you and your daughter. God bless you and know prayer works! Im the living proof. My best to you guys. Sending you lots of hugs, kisses and strength your way.

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear amandakrystystyne,

      Hi, I'm Aliza, a Breast Cancer patient and the site's unofficial Medical Librarian. My heart goes out to you when I read your question. Having been at one time married to a physician and knowing that they are all trained (including pediatricians) to deliver "bad or sad" news, I'd let your daughter's pediatrician be the one to tell her (with you present-assuming she has a constant pediatrician or the pediatric oncologist who's going to be treating her if she/he is good with children). If neither of those work, I'd find out who the child psychologist is in your treating hospital and see if you both can tell her together.

      I hope this is helpful. You must feel caught between a rock and a hard place. Realize that a two year old isn't going to be as scarred by this as you are. If she were 4, it might be a little different (I've been a Children's Librarian, teacher and Professor of Ed as well, so I know...;))

      Take heart and be strong!

      Warm wishes,

      over 3 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      I would suggest buying her lots of soft pretty hats and scarves to wear and instead of focusing on what she will lose, give her a complete new wardrobe of "pretties" going forward. Make sure she has her hair cut short before the chemo starts so that when (and if) it does fall out it is not as traumatic. If you focus on positives they do as well - most young children are not as hair focused as older girls/women. Make a girls day of going to the salon and having haircuts together with mani/pedi's and talk about all the ways to feel pretty without the focus on hair. Stay positive and let that be her guide. Please take care, you have a difficult task - Tracy

      over 3 years ago

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