Baby hair is sensitive and goes through a number of changes during the first few months. You will notice baby’s hair falling out, gets curly, changing colors and looks fussy. Proper baby hair care is important and on the market these days you will find a number of baby hair care products with different ingredients depending on the changes you notice on your baby’s hair.
For a number of new parents will be a surprise to see their baby after having much hair, suddenly going through hair loss. Don’t be alarmed because it is a completely normal thing and happens to all babies only timing doesn’t have to be the same. Some babies lose hair right after delivery while others lose few weeks later. Some babies even lose hair and don’t get any until they are 9 or 12 months old. All this is related to hormone levels in their body and that is why hair grows at different times.
Recently a new problem is visible on some number of babies and that is bald spots on the back of their head. That is caused by constant placing baby to sleep on her back which doctors recommend to reduce risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). To prevent that, when the baby is awake, try to keep her on her tummy and play with her. That way you will prevent hair thinning on the back of her head and reduce the hair loss.
Baby hair care means also massaging baby’s scalp gently to remove the dry cradle cap which often flakes off the baby’s head. It is a common thing and doesn’t do any harm. Wash baby’s hair every other day and add some mineral oil before washing to soften cradle cap. Make sure to check that with your doctor anyway, because sometimes cradle scalp psoriasis or scalp eczema can get confused with cradle cap.
If your baby doesn’t get hair when other babies do, don’t be alarmed and don’t panic. If baby’s scalp looks healthy, no redness or scaling, then it’s perfectly normal hair still is not there. But if you notice any changes, consult your doctor right away. Some babies get hair even after their first birthday and that depends on many things in the baby’s body. If that continues in the second year, then the doctor must find cause and you should seek for medical help.
Make sure not to overdo with hair washing, use less shampoo and don’t rub hard with a towel because baby’s hair is sensitive and it can be damaged easily. If your baby has curly hair, use a conditioner which will help you brush and deal with curls easily. Make sure to rinse shampoo properly because even that can cause cradle cap and redness. Babies usually don’t like their hair washed especially if water going into their eyes and over their face. Try to talk calmly and amuse your baby to remove fear from the water. Play with baby using some interesting rubber toys and encourage her to help you.