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    03 September 2016

    We Finally Know Why Some Babies Have a Head Full of Hair While Others Are Bald

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    Remember the day your baby was born? Of course you do! That precious face, those tiny hands and feet, that head full of hair...hold up! Did the last one happen to you? Well, believe it or not, some babies are born with a full head of hair. But on the other hand, some babies are born quite bald. Why does this happen and how will your baby's hair shape up?

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    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...

    Isabelle

    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.

    Well now that you know why your baby's hair is the way it is, here's how you can take care of it and ensure better growth:

    • Gently wash baby's hair with a mild baby shampoo a couple of times a week. If his hair is dry or tends to get tangled up, you can use a baby conditioner as well. Do not wash your baby's hair every day, especially if he is a newborn.
    • Regularly comb baby's hair with a baby brush or comb. Makle sure the bristles of the brush are soft, and the comb is wide-toothed and has rounded edges.
    • Avoid using uncomfortable hair accessories like tight headbands and rubberbands. Opt for accessories that hold your baby's hair in place and are comfortable too! Tight accessories will damage your baby's hair and will also cause him discomfort.
    • If needed, give baby's hair a trim. Do this at a time when baby is likely to cooperate, such as after a good nap or a meal. And of course, use baby-safe scissors instead of adult scissors.
    • Although it is a common Indian practice to promote hair growth, avoid oiling your newborn's hair. Contrary to common knowledge, the oil actually dries up baby's gentle scalp, and can even cause cradle cap. However, oil does work well for some babies, so give it a shot before writing it off. Go for baby oil as it is light and easy to wash off. If you don't want to go for oil, apply baby lotion on your baby's hair and scalp.
    • Give your baby the nutrition she needs. Baby will have healthy hair only if she eats healthy.
    Ultimately, genetics is largely responsible for how your baby's hair will look and feel. That being said, you can always enhance your baby's hair if you groom and take good care of it.

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