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What if a baby is losing hair due to cradle cap? Is this something to worry about? And what can be done about it?

Read our answer to a worried aunt about her sister’s 2-month-old’s hair loss and cradle cap.

baby losing hair due to cradle cap

Aunt’s Question:

My sister has a 2-month-old girl and she is losing hair due to cradle cap! She has had one of the worst cases of cradle cap that I have ever seen. She had it all over her face and creases of her elbow, but they have cleared up.

What she’s battling with now is the cradle cap in her scalp, which has caused her to lose a tremendous amount of hair. She is going bald on top of her head!

I’ve read about Borage oil, but would this help with growing back the hair?

Concerned Auntie

Cradle Cap and Hair Loss

How nice of you to care so much for your sister’s daughter. However, you can be completely calm regarding her losing hair due to cradle cap – her hair will grow back!

I can understand that trying to get rid of the cradle cap creates hair loss (due to the combing, et cetera), but it is also the fact that many babies lose their hair during their first months of living. Cradle cap or not. It is a normal development that they shed their first set of hair and when their new hair grows, it can be completely different.

Bald spots at least at the back of the head is almost a rule for young infants, since these days we put them to sleep on their back to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. They spend a lot of time lying on their back since they sleep for so many hours each day, so their soft and sensitive hair simply wears out. So please don’t worry about the bald spots! And at the back of her head, and even the sides of her head, she is most likely not even losing hair due to cradle crap, but the very important back or side sleep position!

Borage Oil for Treating Cradle Cap

Interesting to hear that you want to try Borage oil for the cradle cap.

In my experience, Borage oil is fantastic for this purpose! When I found out about it and tried it with our youngest baby, the cradle cap cleared within days. No scratching or combing (and hence a lot less hair loss than with combing)!

It is not entirely understood why many infants develop cradle cap. One theory is that they have an enzyme deficit, that Borage oil mitigates. Whether that is the actual reason or not, it is definitely worth trying Borage oil instead of combing, since it is much easier on the baby’s scalp and skin.

The only drawback is that until the baby’s enzyme system has matured, the cradle cap will continue to come back and the treatment will have to be done probably several times. But that is true for the more traditional methods to treat cradle cap as well.

So do recommend your sister to try an ointment with borago oil for cradle cap! The one I used even smelled good… :-) Find more information about the cause and treatment of cradle cap here, including Borage Oil.

Good luck, and again, don’t worry about her hair loss!


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Jul 12, 2018CRADLE CAP- 2 YEARS

by: Anonymous


Aug 12, 2018About the 2 year old
by: Anonymous
All 4 of my kids have had bad cradle cap, but one of my daughter’s had it up until she was about 4 or 5. It seemed to be just at the top and front of her head, but every time I went to pull some of the flakes off her hair came out with it (and her hair length was almost down to her butt, so it was really sad to see all of that coming out). I finally stopped pulling it out and the cradle cap went away when I used some kind of tea tree mint shampoo (at most beauty salons). It’s pretty strong, so make sure it stays out of her eyes.

Nov 17, 2018infant hair lost to eczema
by: jody
my baby girl lost some of her hair do to eczema and it left her with bald spot in her head so my husband shave it all down even so it will grow back even. the eczema clear up in her head but I’m afraid her hair will not grow back. she was born with thick curlly hair. please answer thank you Jody.

Dec 13, 2018Will grow back!
by: Paula (Baby Help Line)
Hi Jody,
Eczema or not, many babies get bald spots at the back of their head during their first few months of living and many also go more or less bald, basically from tearing by lying down a lot. The hair grows back! But it might take time and it might completely different from the hair your baby was born with. It is a natural process and nothing you can or should do anything about.However, if your baby is older than 7-8 months or so and suddenly loses his hair, have a doctor examine him. There are some conditions that may cause hair loss in babies, but they are very uncommon under the age on one year.Hope this helps,Paula

Feb 27, 2019Hair loss for 1 month old
by: Mrs.Hill
my son is a month old today and his head was a little dry but not flakey. Today I noticed that his hair was fallig off seriouslu if I rubbed his head then some would come out until his whold top of his head is now bald without hair. My mother inlaw says it looks a little like cradle cap but wouldn’t it need to be a serious case for it cause hair loss in a newborn? His hair is barely kid of peelig its ot eve flakey so what caused his hair loss ad for him to go bald o the whole top of his head?

Aug 24, 2019hair loss
by: Theresa
I just read one of your posts that hair loss in infants is normal, but do they lose it in patches? My grandson is 2 mo. and has just recently started to lose hair only near the upper temple area. He had surgery a mo. ago due to an inability to digest formula properly, would that have anything to do with his hair loss ?

Aug 25, 2019Baby hair styles…
by: Paula (Baby Help Line)
Hi Teresa,
Babies can very well lose hair in patches and particularly the area you mention often go bald, since most babies lie on their back a lot in the beginning. Start looking around when you seen 2-3 months old babies, and you’ll see a lot of innovative hairdos.I would be surprised if the operation triggered the hair loss, unless he was given some medication that has hair loss as a side effect. I guess in theory, if the operation was a very stressful for him, it could also trigger hair loss, but it sounds a bit farfetched, don’t you think?!Is he thriving and increasing in weight now after his operation?In any case, sine the boy is so young, he probably has frequent health checkups; so why not have the nurse take a look at his hair and judge first hand if everything is in order.

(Take a few photos of him with this hair style; within a couple of months he is likely to either be completely bald or he has grown more hair; maybe even with another color completely. It is easy to tend to avoid taking pictures of how this monk style looks, because it might not be so pretty, but it will turn out to be a dear memory anyway in the future.) :-)

Enjoy your little monk,

Sep 03, 2019WORRIED MOTHER!!!
by: Wanda Lou
So my son is going to be 8 weeks on this saturday, and he has had this cradle cap for about 2-3 weeks now. I took him to the doctor twice now and he keeps saying that it is completely normal. He was lost his hair and it has gotten on both his ears. I asked my freind about what I could do and she told me to put baby n his head and comb it out. I have been doing that after I give him a bath. When he sweats, it is yellow and it gets all over his neck and chin. It is really red and i am worried. The doctor said it is normal but i just want to make sure it is or has anyone else have this happen to thier kids?? What should i do??

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  1. Rosina Gibson

    Thanks for the info.It helped a lot for my granddaughter.

  2. Paula @ EasyBabyLife

    At three months, it is difficult to say how quickly his hair will grow back, simply because at this age a lot of babies lose their hair naturally through hormones or by the tearing of lying down a lot. Baby hairstyles at this age and for a few months to come are often quite funny.

    Some babies never lose their hair due to hormones, and they usually start growing bald patches back once they start rolling over and sitting up more – so at around 5-7 months of age maybe. Others go more or less bald and then it can take until they are well over a year before their hair starts coming back and thicken. And then it can start growing unevenly in the beginning, llike gettings pretty curls at the back of their head while still being almost bald at the top.

    In any case, there isn’t much we can do about it, but to enjoy ou r babies’development and smile at the odd hairstyle – and take a picture of it :-)

    So don’t worry about the lost hair, it will come back.