Foods for hair growth for children with Alopecia
To help improve conditions of Alopecia in children and adults alike, there are some foods for hair growth that contain more nutrient density and that may help contribute to building the immune system and promoting the rate of hair growth in Alopecia.
In this post, I’m going to share how to plan a young child’s nutrition and daily diet so that you can incorporate more foods for hair growth in their menu every day. I’m going to share my choices of food and how I include these foods into her meals and snacks throughout the day.
Nutrition is crucial for hair growth and Alopecia recovery
Most people’s understanding when it comes to nutrition and healthy eating often only covers the very basics of what it takes in order to stay barely above the wellness line. However, when you have autoimmune Alopecia, you have a malfunctioning, self-attacking immune system that requires much more than basic nutrition in order to be restored back into balance.
Covering the basics is the bare minimum, as nutrition plays a key role in hair growth and hair health. That makes nourishing your body from the inside out the number 1 thing toward recovery from Alopecia.
How to get a child to eat various foods for hair growth in a day
A young child doesn’t eat very much in a day, so it does take a bit of planning to make sure you can incorporate as much foods for hair growth as you can, and make sure that everything they eat counts.
There are many nutrient dense foods for hair growth, so how do you get a child to eat all these foods in a day?
For me, it starts with planning out meals and snacks around these more nutrient dense foods over empty calorie foods, so that we get the most of our her ‘nutrition mileage’ so to speak.
Sample menu for child with Alopecia: Foods for hair growth
I’m lucky that my daughter has a reasonably healthy appetite and enjoys various fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts. She’s not a huge fan of fish and other seafood or meat, but she seems to like most of ‘the right foods’.
Here is a sample menu of what my daughter eats in a day.
Update: My daughter’s diet pattern has changed since I wrote this post. She no longer drinks dairy milk or eats cheese or eggs daily. She is not dairy free or egg free. Cow milk or butter is included in small amounts in baked foods, which my daughter enjoys sparingly. She now eats more plant based sources of protein over egg, seafood and meat. She also no longer eats as much bread or quinoa cereal in favour of more wholesome, unprocessed foods. Check out my more recent post about “How to eat healthy as your first step toward Alopecia recovery” here.
1. Breakfast with foods for hair growth
For a typical school day breakfast, my daughter eats half an avocado, a few pieces of mixed raw nuts, a teaspoon or so of organic sunflower seeds, a handful of quinoa cereal, and just under a cup of organic cow milk.
Sometimes I also add a handful of blueberries (frozen from last summer).
Sometimes we switch things up with a piece of whole wheat bread with peanut butter spread (those with only peanuts in the ingredients list) and black sesame powder, along with half an avocado, a few pieces of mixed raw nuts, and half a cup of organic cow milk.
2. Mid-morning snack with foods for hair growth
My daughter doesn’t usually have morning snacks, except on days when she isn’t at school.
A piece of 20g cheese is a good sized snack to tie her till lunch (I choose ones that contain no colouring, flavours, or modified milk ingredients), and/or a handful of grape or cherry tomatoes.
3. Lunch with foods for hair growth
Today’s lunch was:
- 1 small purple sweet potato cut into strips and cooked in organic virgin unrefined coconut oil sprinkled with a tiny pinch of sea salt. Sweet potato is a great complex carb and the deep purple colour adds to the variation of colours to eat for the day.
- 1 sweet baby orange pepper, quartered lengthwise, also cooked with the same coconut oil.
- Stir fry broccoli.
- 1 small piece of free range chicken drumstick, seasoned with salt and pepper, baked in the oven. She ended up eating about half of it.
- Half a bowl of chicken bone broth cooked by simmering free range chicken bones with Japanese dried anchovies, sprinkled with a few goji berries.
- She asked for a soft boiled egg right after lunch too.
4. Afternoon snack with foods for hair growth
She had a mandarin and a couple pieces of fermented garlic, or black garlic.
5. Dinner with foods for hair growth
For dinner, she had:
- The remaining half of the baked chicken drumstick from lunch, plus 2 small pieces of marinated duck meat.
- About 1 heaping tablespoons of (uncooked) organic tri-colour quinoa, rinsed and boiled in water, then drained and cooked with homemade chicken broth until the liquid is all absorbed.
- 1 orange baby sweet potato, cut in strips and cooked in coconut oil.
- A handful of stir fry broccoli and carrots.
- A few grape tomatoes
6. After-dinner/pre-bedtime snack with foods for hair growth
Since she had an early dinner, she asked for a small cup of yogurt before bedtime routine. I gave her organic plain Greek yogurt, added with a teaspoon of local raw honey, a teaspoon of black sesame powder, and a handful of blueberries. The yogurt also provides her with extra bit of protein, calcium, and antioxidants from the berries.
We’re currently on Day 2 of this kind of diet and menu for my daughter. It’s a bit more work and time on my part to plan and prepare, but the extra bit of effort is definitely worth a shot in order to nourish her body from the inside out.
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