According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), most babies lose some — or even all — of their hair in the first few months of life. And it’s completely normal. This hair loss is called alopecia, and in babies it can have several triggers, from hormones to sleeping position.
Why are some babies born with bald spots?
For unknown reasons, the skin fails to grow hair follicles in this area in a few people. While babies are not born with open ulcers as with aplasia cutis congenita, the long-term result is much the same — a bald patch where hair does not grow.
Is it normal to be born with a bald spot?
Many babies are bald from birth, or lose their hair shortly afterwards. With time, most babies grow permanent, thicker hair on their heads. Also, healthy babies often have bald patches at the backs or sides of their scalps.
Do baby bald spots go away?
The baby hair of many newborns falls out during the first 6 months of life. Hair loss peaks at 3 months old. The mother may also lose some of her hair at this time. This baby hair is then replaced by permanent hair.
How do I fix my baby’s bald spot?
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.
What determines if a baby is born with hair?
The genetic link
Genetics play a role in how much hair babies have at birth. 23andMe looks at 26 places in your DNA that influence how much hair you had at birth. There are other factors that may influence hair growth as well.
When do babies grow hair after birth?
Whether your baby is born with hair or without hair, know that it’s perfectly normal for infants to have problems with hair growth or experience hair loss after delivery. In most cases, hair growth will occur within the first 6 to 12 months.
How long does it take for baby bald spot to grow back?
Fortunately, most babies will regrow their hair completely by the time they turn one. Even if they start losing their hair at six months old, everything will likely be back to normal in another six months.
When do newborns start smiling?
Often newborns will smile in their sleep. Sometimes a smile in the early weeks of life is simply a sign that your little bundle is passing gas. But starting between 6 and 8 weeks of life, babies develop a “social smile” — an intentional gesture of warmth meant just for you.
When should we start tummy time?
It’s also a good idea to do tummy time when your baby is fed, changed, and happy. As your baby gets used to it, place your little one belly-down more often or for longer periods of time. Experts recommend that babies work up to about 1 hour of tummy time a day by the time they’re 3 months old.
How long is newborn stage?
Newborn usually refers to a baby from birth to about 2 months of age. Infants can be considered children anywhere from birth to 1 year old. Baby can be used to refer to any child from birth to age 4 years old, thus encompassing newborns, infants, and toddlers.