Babies lose Hair – Why?

This is something I am personally experiencing at the moment with my three month old daughter, you see hair loss is not just a concern for adults; it is also a problem for children. Hair loss in newborns is normal and nothing to stress you up. Children usually lose hair during the first six months. They can lose about 50 to 100 hair strands per day. This type of hair loss is referred to as telogen effluvium.

So, how does this happen? How does hair loss occur in newborns? Naturally, a child’s hair has what is known as growth phase and a resting phase. During the first three years a child’s hair undergoes the growth stage. The resting state occurs anywhere between the first month to the sixth month, it usually last for about three months. This is the time when the hair just remains intact in the follicle until the new hair starts to grow.

Around 5 percent to 15 percent of hair on the scalp is usually at this stage (the resting state); however hormonal change, fever, or even stress can cause a great number of hairs to stop growing. Hair loss will be noticed when the next growth stage starts up (about three months later).

So, why do babies lose hair? Read on to find out:

Hormonal causes – Once children are born, their hormone level drops and causes them to lose the hair that they were born with. New mothers also lose large amounts of hair because of the same reason, separate article on losing hair after giving birth. Before birth, babies usually have a high level of hormones in their body from their mother. Once they are born, these levels start to drop. This causes their hairs to enter the resting stage, this means that they can’t grow now until later.

When your child enters the next stage (the growth cycle), the resting hairs will start to fall out, as new hairs will start to grow. The new hairs (the hairs underneath) are the ones that push the resting hairs out and cause them to fall out. Your child’s hair may appear to be patchy for some time; however, new stronger hair will start to grow slowly.

Positional issues – Your child may have bald patches because of the way that he or she sleeps or sits. For example, if he always sits with the back of his head against a baby seat or sleeps in the same position, chances are he will lose hair in that place. He may also have bald patches on his scalp because of rubbing his head against his car seat or mattress. It is very important to make sure that your child doesn’t rub his head in the same area day after day. The good news is his hair will start to grow and fall back to the normal state when he learns to sit up properly and move freely on his own (when he is about six months old).

Medical reasons – Inflammation of the scalp from skin infections can cause babies to lose hair. Autoimmune diseases that damage the hair follicles can also cause hair loss in babies. There is also the risk of a fungal infection often known as ringworm; red scaling on your child’s head or bald spots with flaky are some of the most common signs. If the scalp of your baby does not appear to be normal, or his hair loss seems to be somewhat abnormal, it is important that you seek further assistance from a pediatrician.

Physical damage – Your child may be losing her hairs due to tight braids or ponytails. It is therefore wise to make sure that her hair is done well and her braids are not too tight.

Hair Loss Treatments for Babies

When a child’s new hair starts to grow, the color and texture may be different from those of his or her parents. There is nothing that you can do about if the change is related to the drop of hormone levels. If the hair loss is as a result of your child sitting or sleeping in the same position, or rubbing his head on his car seat or mattress, try to change the way he sits or sleeps at night and even during naps. If he usually sleeps with his head at one end of the crib, you can try to put him to rest with his head at the other side of the crib. Chances are he will turn his head to the other side of the crib, and by doing so he will be sleeping on a different part of his head.

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