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Child suffering from alopecia totalis. had weight gain but no height gain. On steroids from 8 months. Solution?

My son 7 year old , he is sufering from Allopesia totalies since 16 month, Now his taking treatment from dr.satish savant mumbai from last 8 month, Rihgt now 80% hair is recoming Problem is that last one month his weight put on 5 Kg and Lenth is as it is from 5 month Docter give him steroid continue from 8 month What can I do ?
Asked On : Wed, 23 Jan 2013
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Increase in weight is one of the most common side effect of steroid. It also causes short stature, but it will too early to say this as a side effect in your case.
As his hair has regrown 80%, I hope your doctor must had tapered the dose of steroid. Steroid should not be stopped abruptly. There are also some steroid sparing agents which can be used instead of steroid.
Now I would suggest you to consult your doctor to evaluate the other side effects of steroid like hypertension, eye problem, increased blood sugar, bony problem etc. and to taper the dose of steroid further.
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