Turns out hair loss can strike at any age including at infancy. Are you worried? Don’t be. Most babies lose some or even all of their hair in the first few months of life and it’s completely normal.
Now here is what you must know, this hair loss is called Alopecia and in babies it has several triggers from sleeping position to hormones. Babies can have hair loss in the first six months of life, peaking at about three months.
This is what it means if a baby is losing hair, such loss of hair could be cause by Telogen effluvium. At birth, some of the hair follicles are typically in resting phase called the telogen phase and others are in the growing phase(anagen phase) but certain factors can accelerate the telogen phase, causing hair to shed.
Thanks to the umbilical cord, the same hormones that were pulsing through the mother’s body during pregnancy and giving her that supermodel head of hair were pulsing through the baby’s too. But after birth, those hormones drop, triggering hair loss in the baby and even the mother. Stress of labour and delivery may contribute to Telogen effluvium and hair loss.
Another possible cause is Neonatal occipital or simply Friction occipital. This is a long- standing assumptions that babies lose hair on the back of the scalp due to hair rubbing against the hard surfaces of crib mattresses, playpens, and strollers.
Experts recommend placing babies on their back to sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDs.
Another research theorised that infant hair loss is a physiological event that starts before birth. They concluded that it tends to most often affect babies delivered vaginally, and full term and babies whose mothers are younger than thirty four years of age at the time of the baby’s birth. But the long- assumption is the most accepted explanation for friction alopecia.
The last on the list is Alopecia areata, which is a skin condition that leads to patchy bald spots on the head. It is not contagious or life threatening though it is caused by a defect in the immune system that cause it to attack and destroy healthy hair cells.
So if your baby is losing hair, it could possibly mean they are experiencing any of these afore listed conditions. The good news is that It’s very rare for infant hair loss to be associated with any medical problem. While every baby is different in how fast their hair regrows, be rest assured the hair will grow by their first birthday.
There is nothing you can do to stimulate regrowth but if you suspect ring worm or alopecia areata, visit the doctor for help with a diagnosis and treatment options and to prevent further hair loss.
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