Newborn hair loss is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. Babies often lose their hair during the first six months. Hair loss can be the result of hormonal changes, medical conditions, medications or heredity. Anybody can experience hair loss.
Here’s why sleeping and sitting positions play a big roll in hair loss.
If you are noticing a bald patch, you must observe the sleeping and sitting positions of your baby. Since your baby sleeps in the same position or sits with his/her head against a baby seat, the chance of potential hair loss or thinning is greater in those areas.
Causes of Hair Loss
- Patchy bald spots with redness and flaky scaling may mean that your infant has an infectious fungal infection called ringworm.
- Tight ponytails – result in hair loss.
- Medical Conditions – such hypothyroidism. It is a thyroid disorder that can cause hair loss all over your baby’s head.
- Nutritional Deficiency – good nutrition is needed for a healthy body. When your baby doesn’t get enough vitamins, minerals, and protein, they may fall out. Your child’s pediatrician can suggest a healthy eating plan.
Hair Loss Treatment
Treatment usually involves an oral drug that fights fungus infections, such as griseofulvin is taken by mouth for eight weeks.
Your baby should also use:
- drug that fights fungus infections
- shampoo such ketoconazole or selenium sulfide to decrease shedding of the fungus.
Non-Medical Causes of Hair Loss
Some causes of hair loss require a doctor’s attention, but many will resolve with time.
- Hair Abuse – forceful pulling or brushing hair into ponytails or braids can cause hair to fall out. Low manipulation styles allow your baby’s hair to grow naturally. Be gentle with your baby’s hair.
- Newborn Hair Loss – Some newborns lose their hair during the first month of life, baby hair is replaced by permanent hair.
- Rubbing – Many babies have a bald spot resulting from friction with the crib covers or car seat. Once your baby starts to sit up, this lost hairs will re
- Pulling – Some baby’s pull their hair. Covering their hair with a Kraddle Kap will eliminate this problem, mittens may also be placed on their hands.
What you should do about your Baby’s Hair Loss
If your baby is spending too much time in the same position that results to bald spot, you must try a different position when your baby is sleeping. Put your baby at the center of the crib and don’t put your baby’s head at the end of the crib. Also, make sure that your baby has a break by spending time on his tummy every day. Tummy time is needed for your baby’s physical development.
Kraddle Kare knows how important it is to protect your baby’s delicate hair, and limits baby balding caused by friction which helps to keep your baby’s hair full and beautiful. Protect your Baby’s hair using Kraddle Kap Bonnets from Kraddle Kare!
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