In some babies a solitary bald patch can occur on the back of their head. If the patch is confined to the back of head and there is no hair loss anywhere else, it is likely not to have been caused by hormones, but
instead is the result of the friction caused by your baby spending a lot of time asleep on their back in a cot, lying on a play mat, or spending time in a car seat. These bald patches usually disappear when a baby
starts to sit up and spends less time on his or her back.
Cradle cap is a common disorder within babies, which can often disrupt the hair growth cycle and cause hair loss. Typically cradle cap occurs on a baby who is between two to six months old and causes a scaly, flakey
rash to appear on the scalp. Cradle cap is usually the result of a baby’s ultra-sensitive skin being dried out by shampoo, the sun, or other elements it has not previously been exposed to. It rarely bothers a baby,
but in severe cases it can cause itching and result in hair loss. If your baby’s hair is falling out because of severe cradle cap, it is advisable to see a doctor.
Whatever the cause of your baby’s hair loss, it is completely normal and is usually temporary and you should therefore try and sustain from worrying and just wait patiently until it grows back. If your baby is
approaching 12 months and shows no sign of any new hair growing it is sensible to seek the advice of a doctor.
Very occasionally hair loss within babies is the sign of a medical problem, which are fundamentally congenital in nature and are often the result of hair shaft defects and always require medical assistance.
Congenital Atrichia is a disorder of the hair which affects babies. A baby appears to have normal hair at birth, but when the hair enters the resting phase and falls out, the growth cycle is deactivated and no
hair grows back. Monilethrix is an extremely rare condition which begins in infancy. Like with congenital atrichia, a baby’s hair appears normal and healthy at birth, but when it falls out it grows back dry,
brittle and fragile, which breaks off easily and rarely grows beyond 2.5 cm. Pili Torti is another condition which is congenial or can be acquired and usually only affects baby girls with fine fair hair. Babies
who have pili torti will have brittle hair which breaks off at varying lengths due to rigid twisting of the hair fibers.
Having babies can be a daunting and worrying experience, especially for first-time parents. Their hair is one of the most ambiguous and confusing characteristics of a baby, which can leave parent’s completely
baffled. One thing is for sure though, whatever our little bundle of joy’s look like, whether they are as bald as the bare mountain tops, or have a jet black quiff that even Elvis would be proud of, our little
ones bring us endless happiness and joy.