Baby hair loss may freak you out a little bit, although it is nothing to worry about. Hair loss in babies is actually pretty common during their first six months of life.
However, that doesn't mean your child is going to be bald for much longer. In fact, such a shedding process will precede a hair growth that will cover his head for many years to come.
If you are interested in learning more about alopecia in babies, don't miss this quick 'bald baby guide'.
Why is my baby losing his hair?
When it comes to baby hair loss, there are different possible factors to take the blame for. Your child's hair may fall out due to its normal cycle of growth and loss, which is also known as resting stage and it usually lasts around three months. One of the most common reasons to account for alopecia in babies is the typical drop-off in the hormone levels that takes place right after birth and can make them lose the hair they were born with. If, for instance, your child shows irregular bald patches in his head, the baby hair loss may be related to continuously resting his head in the same spot and rubbing it off.
Other, less common, causes of baby hair loss are alopecia areata or spot baldness, which happens when the hair follicles are attacked by the immune system, or due to conditions like hypothyroidism, fever and stress, as well as fungal infections such as ringworm.
Should I take him to the doctor?
Most times, and as noted above, hair loss in babies isn't a sign to be alarmed about, especially if it happens within the baby's first year of life. However, if the source of it is an infection or an underlying health issue, a bald baby has to be properly checked by a doctor. What you can do is look for other symptoms like fever, pain and loss of appetite, which could indicate further problems.
What can I do about baby hair loss?
The best advice to deal with baby hear loss is to be patient and wait for your child's hair to grow, but that depends on the alopecia he's suffering from. For instance, when it's caused by hormones, there's nothing you can do about it, but if such a loss is related to his position while lying down, you should try placing him down in a different one. For example, you can let your baby be on his tummy, because that's also going to help him practise and acquire new motor skills (remember, thought, that it is not a good baby sleeping position). In addition, if you happen to have a daughter, you should avoid tightening her ponytails too much to protect hair follicles, at least, during this stage.
No matter how bald your baby is, you have to keep his scalp clean every day. Rub a wet sponge with mild baby soap over your little one's head, so that you can prevent sweat from accumulating in his pores, which could cause pimples and eczema to show up. When using a brush to style his hair, do it gently.
What if he's completely bald?
There are babies who remain completely bald until they turn one years old. If that's your child's case, don't worry; just be sure to check his scalp on the lookout for fine hair, because this is the one that's expected to change and cover his head.
Finally, baby hair loss is just another developmental milestone that most babies need to reach during their first months of life. That said, keep your eyes peeled for the kind of alopecia that he's showing, as that could give you a hint of the best treatment to follow, especially when it's accompanied by other symptoms. But, no, if you were worried about the possibility of your child growing up bald, get that idea out of your head. He or she will sport a lustrous hair some time soon.