When new mother Mackenzie shared this picture with her two and a half month old daughter Isabelle, it was instant love. The little one's impressive mane garnered instant attention when her mother uploaded this picture online. And then other moms came forward to share photos of their own little humans with beautiful hair...
Beautiful, right? And this brings up the inevitable question: why are some babies born with a full head of hair, while some are born bald or with sparse hair? Before you worry yourself sick about why your baby does not have much or any hair, here's what you need to know:
A baby's hair type (thick or thin, straight or curly) and hair color is determined by his parents genes and ethnicity. So if you and your husband both have fine, straight hair, chances are high that your baby will also have fine, straight hair. Or if you have thick, straight hair and your husband has thin, curly hair, your baby's hair type could be either like you or your husband. According to pediatrician Bud Zukow, “It’s a genetic thing, or even an ethnic thing. Just like any other characteristic some babies have more hair than others.”
And although many experts agree with him, there are cases when they are proved wrong. There have been numerous cases wherein couples with thin hair are surprised by a baby with thick hair, and couples with dark hair have babies with blonde hair. So here's what you must remember: it's not going to look like this forever! Regardless of how your baby's hair is at birth, it is not going to look this way forever. In fact, newborns shed all their hair in the first six months of life. Fret not, they do regrow it at around 9-12 months of age. However, this new hair tends to be distinctly different from the previous hair, in terms of both color and texture. Even if your baby is bald, you have to take care of his scalp. And if he has some or a lot of hair, you have to take care of his hair too. Both scalp and hair care is a must to prevent cradle cap, a common scalp problem in babies.