New dolls support children affected by hair loss

Play–both structured and unstructured–is important for all kids. It’s often the way they explore the world around them and express their feelings and emotions. In the case of children with medical issues, it can also be therapeutic. In just the past few weeks, toymakers like American Girl and Bratz have released wigless dolls made especially to raise awareness and support kids with hair loss issues of all kinds. Now kids who lose their hair due to Cancer or medical conditions like alopecia can actually play with a doll that looks similar to them. And, in the case of American Girls doll styles, wigs may be added at a later date if desired. It’s not only a great idea for girls and boys dealing with these problems, it’s also an excellent way to teach all kids about difference and empathy.  

American Girl Dolls Without Hair, prices may vary, americangirl.com
American Girl recommends calling 800-628-5145 to order. Dolls are available in five different skin tones.

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Bratz True Hope Doll, $15, toysrus.com
$1 from each sale will be donated to City of Hope, a national Cancer institute.

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Moxie Girlz and Moxie Boyz True Hope Dolls, $15, toysrus.com
$1 from each sale will be donated to City of Hope, a national Cancer institute.

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