Maybe you and your friend had babies around the same time and hers just has a head sprouting with locks. Perhaps you just noticed another kid your child’s age with a heap of curls up top and you still have a child with none. Maybe you’ve been extremely aware for months that your child does not have the hair you hoped and your box of barrettes will just have to wait a bit longer. Don’t fret too much if your baby is still quite bald. Turns out, it’s fairly common.
First, know that your baby having hair at birth does not mean your baby will still have that hair 6 months down the road. Lanugo often falls away in utero during the third trimester, but some babies still have it upon birth. Lanugo hair often falls out within a few weeks.
The genes for hair are found deep within the DNA. Some genes, whether clustered within your race, ethnicity or just your oddly hairy grandma Sally, can affect when and how your babe grows hair. There is generally no need for concern. Look back at family photos--not just of you, but also spouse, siblings, aunts, uncles, and your oddly hairy grandma Sally.
If baby has hair that is thinning, notice any grooming or personal factors. If you are always pulling babe’s hair back tight or combing and brushing excessively, hair loss might be circumstantial. Many babies develop bald spots where their fine hair is rubbed away by contact, such as where the crib mattress or car seat makes contact with the head. Also watch babe for habits, like pulling, twirling, or even eating of hair.
If you continue to have concerns about persistent baldness and your child, consult with your child’s pediatrician as a medical professional can best determine any underlying concerns about your baby’s mop up top (or lack thereof).
Otherwise, take heart and give your little baldie a little time, even through until age two or more. You’ll likely be posting “baby’s first haircut” photos before you know it.
Lynette is a mom of three children from ages 2 to 6. She has cloth diapered all three since birth and enjoys all things eco-friendly and mindful living.