7 things to do for baby hair growth

7 things to do for baby hair growth

For babies, a head full of hair or a bald pate – no matter what, but they look cute with either of them! Some babies are born with thick hair and some without a single strand on their head. However, there is no certainty that a baby born with less hair will continue to have less hair volume throughout its life or vice-versa. The amount of hair that your baby has, the texture and color of the hair and the rate of hair growth largely depends on the genetics.

Understanding a newborn’s (0-6 months) hair

In fact, you really don’t have to worry about your newborn’s bald patches or thick hair or hair fall.
It is common for babies to lose all their innate hair within 6 months of birth. The new hair that develops can be of a different texture, color, and thickness that the birth hair.

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My daughter was born with her head full of spiky hair. She lost that hair completely in the 3rd month and then developed soft hair with large curls. Sometimes, a bald spot can occur at the back of your baby’s head if it always rests with the head on that spot. Parents often panic when the baby hair falls out or has bald patches in its head. However, losing the hair at birth is as natural as losing milk teeth and your baby will surely develop new hair soon.

However, the color, texture, and thickness of your baby’s new hair largely depends on the genes. Unless any blood relative of you or your spouse have thick hair, the chances of your child having good hair volume is less.

However, you can try following the below tips to ensure that your baby’s hair grows faster.

#1. Detangle the curls carefully

Babies tend to spend most of their time lying on their back, fidgeting. This causes their hair to get tangled easily. Always remove the tangled hair using a soft baby brush or oil the tangled hair and remove it gently using your fingers.

#2. Nutrition

Nutrition is the foremost factor to ensure good hair growth in your baby. If you are breastfeeding your baby, ensure you consume nutritious food every day. If you have started feeding solids to your baby, include a variety of foods in the diet such as vegetables, fruits, cereals etc., so that your baby gets the best possible nutrition.

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#3. Baby Shampoo

It is important to keep your baby’s scalp clean to ensure good hair growth. Pour few drops of tear-free baby shampoo and gently massage it on to your baby’s scalp. This will keep the scalp clean and also increase blood circulation.

#4. Give Tummy Time

Schedule frequent “tummy times” for your baby throughout the day. Babies who lie on their backs throughout the day can develop flat spots and lose patches of hair. You can avoid this problem by making your baby lie on its tummy for few mins every hour.

#5. Brush Away the Cradle Cap

Cradle Cap is a crusty, thick, yellow or white scaling that can appear on your baby’s head. Brush the cradle cap by using a soft brush. Oil your baby’s scalp every day to make the cradle cap soft and easily removable.

#6. Oil Massage

Give your baby regular head massage every day. Put few drops of any suitable hair oil such as coconut oil or sesame seed oil on your baby’s head and gently massage it in circular motion. Massaging increases blood flow and stimulates hair growth.

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#7. Tie it up loosely

Never tie up your baby’s hair tightly or braid the hair tightly. Always use a simple hair clip rather than hairpins. Tightly braided or tied up hair can cause hair uprooting and also damage the hair roots. Also, trimming your baby’s hair occasionally does wonders to its hair. Trimming ensures that the hair growth is uniform throughout the head.

Though the hair volume and rate of growth are determined by heredity factors, the above tips should ensure that you give maximum facilitation for better and faster hair growth. Ideally, by around 2 years of age, your child’s head should be fully covered with hair.

If you still notice sparse hair or bald patches on your child’s head after completion of 2 years, consult a doctor immediately to rule out any auto-immune disorders or fungal infections.

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