When babies are born, they are usually small and cuddly. All babies are born with eyelashes, but the lashes are noticeable in some babies while you can barely see them in others.
Eyelashes enhance your beauty, and that is why people invented mascara.
Have you ever come across a person with no lashes? If yes, I bet you did notice that they are self-conscious and uncomfortable when people look at them. That is why a baby needs to have eyelashes, especially for a baby girl.
Why Your Baby’s Eyelashes Are Falling Out
If your baby’s eyelashes are falling out, it might not be a cause for alarm. Eyelashes have a cycle. After every 150 days, they fall out little by little and then regrow. Your baby lashes may be going through the process of replenishment.
In some other instances, your baby’s lashes may fall out because of the following conditions:
Blepharitis is a condition where the oil glands at the base of your eyelashes become clogged, leaving your upper and lower eyelids swollen. Your baby’s eyes become itchy because of the inflammation. Then your baby’s eyelashes stop replenishing after falling out due to follicle dysfunction. Blepharitis is the most common cause of eyelash loss in kids.
The thyroid is a gland found in the neck region and controls the hormones in the body. When the hormone levels get out of control, either too much (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism), it can result in loss of eyelashes or hair in kids.
Alopecia is a condition that causes hair to fall off. It also inhibits hair growth, which can happen to your toddler’s eyelashes. Most doctors believe that this disease causes the body to attack its hair follicles, resulting in full or partial eyelashes loss.
Although doctors have not found a cure for alopecia, some treatments can help hair regrow quickly if your baby has an episodic lash loss.
Eyelid Skin Cancer
If you notice that your baby’s eyelashes from a part of the eye have fallen off, and the other part is well. Please visit the doctor immediately. Eyelid cancers inhibit lash growth as the toxic cells spread. The sooner you seek treatment, the better for your baby’s eyes.
Chronic Inflammatory Diseases
Severe inflammatory diseases such as lupus, arthritis, and rheumatoid are internal, and they attack the body. They mostly attack healthy body tissues, blood vessels, joints, and organs. Their destruction is not highly noticeable as it’s internal, but if the baby’s hair and lashes start falling out, you are bound to take note.
Although good eyelid hygiene can help treat Blepharitis, it is essential to see an ophthalmologist. The doctor will prescribe some topical ointment and antibiotics to speed up the healing process. Your doctor should also run tests on the baby to rule out all underlying conditions that may cause lash loss.
If your baby has cancer of the eyelid, the sooner the surgery is done, the better. This is because it eliminates other dangers such as loss of eyesight or damage to the eye.
Protecting Your Baby’s Eyelashes
Hygiene is paramount when you have a small baby. Always wash your hands before touching your baby’s face to avoid transferring germs. If you notice that your newborn lashes are barely visible, do not apply products to help them grow faster. Babies are susceptible, and these products could end up causing more harm to your baby’s eyes than good.
To protect your baby’s eyes and eyelid, do not expose him/her to too much sun. But if you must be outside for an extended period, please make sure that he/she puts on sunglasses.
Dedicate the first six months to exclusively breastfeed your baby. This milk will help boost your baby’s health and immunity. And as long as he/she is healthy, the lashes will also be healthy, and chances of infection are low.
Do not panic if your baby’s eyelashes are falling out. Chances are they are undergoing the cycle, and they will grow back on their own. However, if you notice other underlying symptoms such as red eyes, swollen eyelids, and itchiness, please visit your eye doctor as soon as possible.