There are many different aspects of babies that are so completely different from the ‘average.’ When doctors put together scales to measure a baby’s growth and development, they have to go with what the average kid is. However, there isn’t an average. One place that kids vary wildly is their hair. Many kids are filled with a whole head of hair at birth. Other children don’t have hair at all until they are into toddlerhood. There are so many reasons that hair growth can vary. Read up on these facts about childhood baldness.
Cradle Cap and other Skin Conditions
There is a very common issue that babies often have with their skin. It is a cradle cap. Cradle cap is when the dead skin on the top of the head builds up. Often, this happens just because their skin is soft and trying to figure out how to deal with the harsher air of this big world. However, the cradle cap is fixable. There are many over the counter treatments for it, but most parents find success with a basic scalp shampoo. Season blue seems to work best. Just use about a dime size of shampoo and scrub it on your child’s head and leave for a few minutes. Then rinse and scrub the extra dead skin off a baby’s head.
Other skin conditions can cause baldness. Stork kisses on the back of the neck tend to cause baldness. Stork kisses are common and can last into toddlerhood. They are completely harmless and go away eventually. Some people’s stork kisses never go away but just get covered with hair. Another common skin condition is eczema. Eczema can occur anywhere on the body, including the head. It may slow hair growth causing baldness. Eczema typically goes away on its own, but it can also be caused by diet.
Your child’s diet is crucial to hair growth. The body sees hair and nails as optional. So when a baby is trying to develop if there aren’t enough nutrients to go around, the hair and nails are last to get them. So if your child needs a little more nutrients in their diet, it may display in hair loss. Be sure to use high-quality formula, and if you are breastfeeding, be sure to have a good diet. What you eat is what the baby gets!
For children who cannot yet sit up, the hair loss may be in the back of the head. That is from their head rubbing on seats and the floor when they move their head side to side. Positional hair loss will be seen on the back of the head and sides of the head where the child moves their head side to side, and it rubs.
Sometimes hair loss just comes along as completely uncontrollable genetics. Some kids are just more prone to having thinner hair and losing their hair in childhood. This is often seen in lighter haired and lighter skin toned children.
Although you can’t control your child’s genetics, there are many things in their environment that you can control that can help them have improved hair growth. You are your child’s caretaker, and your job is to keep them safe and healthy. Try a few of these techniques if you are noticing more hair loss.
One way to deal with positional hair loss is to do lots of tummy time with your baby. Having them on their tummy can help give the hair a chance to regrow. Along with that, it can help the child strengthen their core and neck muscles. They are speeding the process towards sitting, standing, and walking. Tummy time is good in short spurts throughout the day for your child. Pediatricians recommend plenty of tummy time throughout the day.
High-Quality Formula or Good Diet for Mom
If you are breastfeeding, it is very important to have a high-quality diet with lots of nutrients. Those nutrients pass directly into the milk for the baby to enjoy. So if your diet is not high quality, then your baby may suffer hair loss. Also, if you are bottle-feeding, it is important to be using high-quality formula. This is so that those nutrients can get to the baby.
One last way to ensure that your child doesn’t suffer bad hair loss is to be gentle. It is important to be aware that hair bands and other things in babies’ hair can wear on the head and cause hair loss. Baby hair is not prepared for the rubbing of headbands and other similar products. So being sure that you are paying attention and not wearing headbands too often can help your baby’s hair growth.
Talk to the Doctor
As with all other baby problems, if you see an increase in hair loss, be sure to talk to your pediatrician. They are the only ones that can tell you for sure what the problem is with your child’s hair growth. They can help you with medication or lifestyle changes to help your child.
There are so many things to think about and consider when you have a baby. There are so many differences between children from the length of their hair to their weight. So if you are seeing a loss of hair in your child, consider what may be causing it. There are so many things that can cause hair loss from diet to genetics. Along with that, the fad of headbands and hats in children could be causing hair loss. Also, low-calorie formulas may be causing your child to suffer and not get enough nutrients. Consider all of these things when you start to notice childhood hair loss. There are so many factors that, when in doubt, it is best to call your pediatrician.