My baby is six months old and has no hair!. At this age, shouldn’t her hair have grown by now? I am worried that she has a disease or deficiency. Please guide me with this problem.
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Possible Reasons For Hairloss In Babies
Normal Hair Loss and Hair Growth in Babies
You are worried that your baby’s hair is not growing as it should. Being only six months old, this is likely to be completely normal! Many babies, even if they had a lot of hair at birth, lose some or all of it during their first six months.
Then at some point, often between 6 and 12 months old, the baby’s hair starts growing back again. At this point, many parents discover that their baby’s new hair is completely different in color or texture than what she had as a newborn.
The reason why babies lose their first hair is hormones – the same reason why new moms often lose a lot of hair too.
Even babies that don’t lose all their hair, often have at least one bald spot at the back of their head during their first six months of living. This has to do with all the time they spend sleeping or just lying on their backs. It can look quite funny, but of course, is not anything to worry about either. (Having very little hair, at least that funny hairstyle is something you won’t have to worry about for your baby.)
Medical conditions that cause hair loss in babies
While very unlikely for such a young girl, you should be aware of that there do exist medical conditions that can cause hair loss even in very young children. Most conditions are, however, very rare for babies younger than 12 months old).
Here are some of the medical conditions that can cause hair loss in babies:
- If your baby has patchy bald spots with red, flaky scaling, it could mean that your baby has a fungal infection called ringworm. Ringworm is not a worm, is not dangerous at all and can be treated with an over-the-counter antifungal cream.
- If a baby has smooth, round, completely bald areas, she may have alopecia areata, a condition in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles, slowing hair growth. This type of hair loss usually appears in isolated patches, not over the whole head. It almost never occurs before the age of 6 months. This is an autoimmune disease and what causes it is not known, although genes appear to play a part. There are treatments that help at least to some extent.
- Some other medical conditions — such as hormone diseases, e.g. hypothyroidism (a thyroid disorder) can also result in hair loss – typically over the whole head.
- Severe nutrition problems, causing zinc or iron deficiency can also result in hair loss, as well as bad cradle cap ( really bad cradle cap…).
These conditions can be treated, but your baby would need to see a doctor.
I hope this doesn’t make you worried! Chances are, really, that your daughter does not have a hair problem at all; she is just a normal little infant with a normal not-yet-so-pretty hairdo!
But if you do believe that she may suffer from one of the problems described above or if you simply think that her scalp doesn’t look normal, let her see a pediatrician or mention your worries during your baby’s next well-child exam.
Hope this helps,
More Baby Hair Issues
- Hair Loss In 9 Month Old
- 4 Month Baby With Rapid Hair Loss
- Baby Has Bald Spots
- Baby Losing Hair Due To Cradle Cap
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