Why Babies Have Thin Hair

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baby hairNewborn babies are full of surprises, including their hair. A baby’s thick and thin fine hair will fall out at the age of 3-4 months.

The thickness of baby hair is actually a combination of genetic factors, ethnicity, and hormones.Baby hair has started growing since they are 5 months in the womb. The fine and thin hair will last until 4 months after birth and will fall out, replaced by new hair that follows the pattern of their parents’ hair.

“Baby hair loss can be dramatic, immediatly fall out a lot and become bald, or it could be subtle, especially if the new hair grows in stages,” said Dan Brennan, a pediatrician from Santa Barbara.

The process of new hair growth usually begins when the baby is 6 months old and continues until the baby becomes a toddler. This new hair often has a completely different texture or color with the hair of when they were born.

Some babies also look bald at the back of the head. This is mainly due to babies sleeping position. “Friction between the head and the pillow can cause bald spots. But this is only temporary and will disappear when they start sleeping in other positions,” said Brennan.

Infants younger than 6 months produce less oil in the head so you do not need to wash their hair too often. Even so, wash their hair twice a week softly, especially if the baby often sweats.

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