How do I keep my baby from getting a bald spot?
Here are some simple suggestions:
- Avoid headbands.
- Don’t tie braids or ponytails too tight.
- Comb your baby’s hair with a soft baby brush.
- Only comb hair once every other day.
- Skip styling your baby’s hair.
- Don’t dry their hair with a hairdryer.
- Don’t put a hat or cap on their head if it’s hot outside.
Do all babies get a bald spot on the back of their head?
Some babies are born with a full head of hair and then lose much of it in the first six months (though some never do). Some babies are born bald and their hair comes in later. And many babies fall somewhere in between. It is also normal to lose more hair on the back of the head and to keep this bald spot longer.
How long does it take for a baby’s bald spot to grow back?
The hair loss is from friction during head-turning against a firm surface. Examples are crib mattresses, playpens, activity mats and infant seats. The hair grows back once the baby starts to sit up. This may take 6 to 12 months.
Do bald spots go away?
Thankfully, mild cases of alopecia areata often get better without treatment within a few months to a year. In some cases, patchy baldness may come and go over many months or years. The size of the bald patch or patches and how long they last are quite variable.
Why is my baby hair bald in the back?
Hair’s the rub: Your baby may lose hair on the back of the scalp due to hair rubbing against the hard surfaces of crib mattresses, strollers, and playpens. (Experts recommend placing babies on their backs to sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.)