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2Jul/120

Baby Hair: What to Expect

A few months ago we talked about babies and baldness. This week we'll focus on what parents should expect for their new born.

Let’s face it – new parents have a lot on their plates. Sleepless nights, new schedules, and taking care of a tiny baby gives parents plenty to think about. But what about baby hair? What should you expect? The short answer is this: there is no single answer. Baby hair is different from one infant to the next. Regardless, it’s important to understand what is normal when it comes to your new baby’s hair, including newborn hair loss and growth.

Will My Baby Have Hair?

Some babies are born bald, some have a little hair, and some have a lot of hair. Some babies even have patches of hair. All of these scenarios and anything in between is totally normal. It is hard to predict whether your baby will have hair when he or she arrives. However, chances are, if the baby has hair, he or she will lose it fairly soon.

Newborn Hair Loss

Baby hair varies from one child to the next
Babies typically lose whatever hair they have within the first six months of life. The hair growth cycle starts before we are born, so when a baby is born with a full head of hair, that baby is further along in the hair growth cycle than bald babies. However, hair can stop growing due to hormonal changes, and after a baby is born, their hormone levels drop. This hormonal change leads to hair shedding. Interestingly, a mother’s hormones change after giving birth, and some new moms temporarily experience hair loss as well.

Regrowth

Most babies lose their hair in the first six months, but it does grow back. Exactly when it grows back, however, varies from infant to infant. Some will regrow their hair right away, while other babies do not grow new hair until they are almost two years old. Once a baby starts growing back new hair, the hair might be a completely different color and/or texture than the original hair. If your baby is getting older but has not start to grow new hair, do not fret. If you notice patches or bald spots once the hair starts to grow back, it may be because of how your baby sleeps or sits. Again, just be patient; it will fill in.

Baby Hair Care

Just like adults, it is important for babies to receive proper and healthy hair care. For starters, avoid washing your baby’s hair every day. When you do wash it, use a tear-free shampoo, and gently massage a small amount onto the top of the head. As the hair grows, use a soft bristled brush or comb to avoid knots or tangles. Also, avoid strong head bands or hair ties, as too much force can hurt the baby and pull out hair. When necessary, trim the hair carefully so it doesn’t get in your baby’s eyes. Never use chemicals or hair regrowth products on newborns.

Signs to Watch For

While rare, there are signs to watch for if you notice sudden or constant hair loss, or if your baby’s hair does not grow back, especially as they become toddlers. Look for red flaky scalp patches, or black spots where hair has fallen off. Also, watch your baby closely to make sure he or she isn’t pulling out the hair. Consult your pediatrician if you notice either of these symptoms. But again, understand that hair loss and prolonged regrowth is totally normal, so if your baby’s head and scalp are healthy, and your baby is healthy, then you probably have nothing to worry about.

Image courtesy of Babyzone.com