Our baby is bald. Well, not completely bald but pretty close. He has one little patch of long hair on the back lower part of his head and then very sparse, thin hair everywhere else. Where he lays down (sides and back) he has developed bald spots where the hair has fallen out, which are completely normal. Some babies grow hair in the womb and some don’t. Some babies are born with a full head of hair and some aren’t. Some babies are born with one color and texture and then it all falls out and grows back a completely different color and texture. It is completely normal that the higher traffic rubbing areas like the back of the head become bald. Every baby is so different. It gets me wondering though, when will my baby grow hair? I decided to do some research…
Baby Hair Loss
Babies often lose their hair during the first six months. This kind of hair loss is called telogen effluvium.
Here’s why it happens: Hair has a growth stage and a resting stage. The growth stage lasts about three years, and the resting stage lasts about three months (although anywhere from one to six months is normal). During the resting stage, the hair remains in the follicle until the new hair starts coming in.
About 5 to 15 percent of hair on the scalp is usually in the resting phase at any one time, but stress, fever, or a hormonal change can cause a large number of hairs to stop growing all at once. The shedding begins when the next growth stage starts up about three months later.
A newborn’s hormone levels drop right after birth, which can cause him to lose the hair he was born with. (New moms often lose large amounts of hair for the same reason.)
If you notice that your baby has bald patches, observe the way he sits and sleeps. If he always sleeps in the same position or tends to sit with the back of his head against a baby seat, he may lose hair in that area. He may also develop a bald spot if he rubs his head against his mattress.
If the bald spot is the result of your baby spending too much time in the same position, try alternating the way your baby sleeps during naps and at night. If you usually put him to sleep with his head at one end of the crib, try putting him down with his head at the other end every other night. Your baby will naturally turn his head to the side to look out of the crib, so he’ll be resting on a different part of his head.
Make sure your baby spends some time on his tummy every day. In addition to giving the back of his head a break, tummy time is essential for your baby’s overall physical development.
Many new babies are bald, although upon close examination of your baby’s scalp, you will probably see pale, downy, extra-fine hair. This type of baldness can sometimes last until a baby’s first birthday. *
Mommy Hair Loss
Has anyone suffered through the post partum hair loss? It started for me about 3 months post partum and came with a vengeance. I lose handfuls of hair a day and can actually pull it out without trying. I feel like I’m going to be bald by the end of this. Not everyone experiences it, all moms are different. Here’s why it happens…
Many new moms notice hair loss, sometimes quite dramatic, around three months postpartum. This is a normal and temporary. Most women will return to their usual hair growth cycle between 6 and 12 months after birth.
Normally, around 85-95% of your hair is in the growth phase at any point in time, but the hormonal changes during pregnancy stimulate an increase in the percentage of hairs in the growth phase. As a result, many women enjoy thicker hair during pregnancy, as more hairs than normal are growing and fewer than normal are resting/shedding.
With the birth of your baby (and the hormonal changes that accompany birth), a larger number of hairs than normal enter the resting phase. Since the resting phase is followed by hair shedding (and regrowth), new mothers will experience greater than normal hair loss once the resting phase ends.
Postpartum hair loss commonly starts at around three months after birth. The amount of time between childbirth and the onset of shedding corresponds to the length of the resting phase of hair growth (between 1 and 6 months, with an average of three months). The hair loss can seem more extreme if your hair grew much more than normal during pregnancy, or if you have long hair. **
I started taking a biotin supplement which seems to be helping a little. I guess I just need to wait it out.