Baby Hair Loss explained and what you can do about it.

Newborn baby hair loss is a normal phenomenon. It is also known as telogen effluvium. This is usually observed in the first six months of the baby’s life.

Human hair has a growth stage and a resting stage. The growth stage lasts for about 3 years and the resting state duration is about 3 months. During the rest phase, the hair remains in the follicle until the growth phase resumes.

Less than 20 percent of the hair on the scalp is in the resting phase at any one time. Stress, fever, or hormonal fluctuations can cause large numbers of hair to stop growing at the same time. Hair starts shedding when the next growth phase resumes about three months after.

For newborns, hormonal levels drop right after birth which can cause the baby to lose the hair they were born with. Many times a baby’s birth hair differs from the hair that replaces it when a newly grown spurt starts 6 months after. For my first son John, we were remarkably surprised to find his hair turn kinky brown from the rich dark curly head of hair he came with.

There are conditions that cause hair loss. Among them are patchy bald spots caused by contagious fungal infections (ringworm). Sometimes it can be due to dandruff (called cradle cap in babies). Other times it may be because your baby pulls his/her hair compulsively. It can also be caused by the baby’s sitting or sleeping positions.

What can you do about hair loss?

Treatments can be carried out for fungal infections. Cradle cap usually disappears after 12 months (sometimes more). For the hormonal hair loss, there is nothing much you can do about it.

However, there’s good news for hair loss caused by the baby’s sitting or sleeping positions. You can alter sitting/sleeping positions to reduce this. Essential tummy time (sleeping on his stomach) can also help.

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ENO-OBONG UMANA
ENO-OBONG UMANA
2 months ago

Good one. My baby’s hair also changed from curly black to kinky brown.

Ololade
Ololade
2 months ago

Yes , this post really helped ,my son hair was plenty initially, but all of a sudden started losing his hair .. Tanks

Michael Ikwuobe
Michael Ikwuobe
2 months ago

Nice read, very I formative

Adewunmi Fawole
Adewunmi Fawole
2 months ago

Thanks for the enlightenment

Abimbola Akinduro
Abimbola Akinduro
2 months ago

I surely learnt a great deal! Thank you

Chinonso Okwara
Chinonso Okwara
2 months ago

Thanks. Very educating

Momodu promise osezua
Momodu promise osezua
2 months ago

I totally agree with babies sleeping occasionally on their stomachs as it help reduce the consistent hair loss

Esther
Esther
2 months ago

My baby’s hair experienced such too though hers was due to dandruff

Michael Anorue
Michael Anorue
2 months ago

I really didn’t know hair loss in babies was a thing. However is there no way to prevent fungal infections in babies? The post only mentions treatment, and also, why does it take 12 whole months or more to treat fungal infections? Can it lead to other health complications?

Haruna
Haruna
2 months ago

I now understand why it takes my daughter grow hair after 6month of birth

VN Ikenna
VN Ikenna
2 months ago

This is great to know. I was shocked to find little Sammy lose his hair a few weeks after his birth (little Sammy is my little boy). We have really good hair in my family. Now I know it’s completely natural.

Patrick
Patrick
2 months ago

Nice piece. I feel that personal hygiene and healthy diet also goes a long way in boosting a baby’s hair growth.

Edidiong
Edidiong
2 months ago

Nice article really learn a lot..facts about babies and their hair loss and growth..things to look out for while nursing your baby.

dammy amford
dammy amford
2 months ago

i think this is a good article ..its really educative i learnt alot about a new born baby hair lose today..again great article

Stella
Stella
2 months ago

Beautiful.. What I read here is very educative I must say.. And I agree with it.
Thank you.

Ogah Ida
Ogah Ida
2 months ago

Nice post. So what causes bald-head and hair lost in Men?

Ms Blessing
Ms Blessing
2 months ago

Wow! Really appreciate this write up. Just shared this with my aunt.she has been worried about her baby daughter’s hair .

Adewuyi Olusegun
Adewuyi Olusegun
2 months ago

Nice and informative
Have learnt a lot

Elizabeth Hunvio
Elizabeth Hunvio
2 months ago

Very educative. Every mothers need to know this!!

Irenitemi
Irenitemi
2 months ago

This is an eye opening article.

Ola
Ola
2 months ago

Very informative article. My knowledge of a baby’s hair loss have been affirmed, that is ,fungal infection(ringworm).Morealso,it’s now understood that a baby loosing his/her hair can be reduced by sleeping or sitting position.

Daniel Samuelobi
Daniel Samuelobi
2 months ago

Educative write up and now Know more about baby hair loss

Abayomi adio
Abayomi adio
2 months ago

So interesting to know that just by altering the sitting and sleeping position… Hair loss can be reduced for babies

Ruth
Ruth
2 months ago

Very educative

Abdullateef Dauda
Abdullateef Dauda
2 months ago

This is awesome. This enlighten me more about a baby hair and how to keep it clean and save

Promise Oyanna
Promise Oyanna
2 months ago

Very informative. My baby nephew started loosing his after 3 months, it grew back but the bald patches remained.

ayeni ezekiel
ayeni ezekiel
2 months ago

i really have not observed babies losing their hair though but i know they change over time

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