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The best ways to prevent hair loss in babies

Updated: Nov 14, 2022


One of the joys of having a baby is seeing them grow and change over time. But what happens when your child's hair starts falling out? It can be scary, especially if you're not sure why this is happening. While it's normal for babies to lose their hair soon after birth, there are some things parents can do to help prevent or minimize hair loss in their children.

Keep your baby's hair clean.

  • Wash your baby's hair at least once a week.

  • Wash with baby shampoo and rinse well.

  • Don't use conditioner, as it can irritate the scalp and cause cradle cap (a flaky, crusty scalp condition).

  • Use a towel to pat dry instead of rubbing or scrubbing, which could irritate the skin on your baby's head.

If your baby has very oily hair, you may want to shampoo twice. You can also use a clarifying shampoo once or twice a week to remove buildup of dirt and sebum from the scalp and hair shafts.

If your baby has thick, curly hair, you may want to use a moisturizing shampoo that contains conditioners and emollients. These ingredients help keep the scalp and hair shafts from becoming dry and brittle. They also reduce frizziness.

Massage your baby's scalp.

Massaging your baby's scalp is another great way to improve blood flow and promote healthy hair growth. Massaging your baby's scalp before bedtime can also help them sleep better, since many babies have trouble falling asleep if their heads are itchy.

To get started, use a soft towel or cotton ball to apply a small amount of oil to the entire length of your baby’s head (this will keep you from making too much of a mess). Then, using gentle strokes in the direction that each section grows (for example, starting at the forehead), gently massage each area for 5 minutes per day.

You can also massage your baby's scalp when he or she is in the bathtub. Simply rub a small amount of oil on your fingertips and gently massage your baby’s head as you wash their hair with warm water.

Use baby shampoo.

If you're using a baby shampoo, be sure to choose one that's tear-free. This will ensure that your child doesn't experience any irritation or stinging when washing their hair.

Baby shampoos are made specifically for babies, so they're gentler and milder than adult shampoos. They also contain ingredients that aren't irritating or harsh on the scalp, such as coconut oil and aloe vera extract. Meanwhile, many adult shampoos contain parabens and sulfates—two ingredients that have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer in women exposed over a long period of time (source).

Some companies even make tear-free baby shampoos with added vitamins like Biotin (a vitamin that's essential for healthy hair growth), which is especially beneficial for growing kids who need all the help they can get!

Watch out for allergic reactions.

While allergic reactions to baby shampoos are rare, you should watch out for any redness or irritation on your child's scalp. If you notice a change in his or her skin after using a shampoo and it doesn't seem like they're having an allergic reaction (redness and swelling of the skin), stop using that shampoo. If your baby does have an allergic reaction to a shampoo, wash their hair with plain water until their skin returns to its normal state and then try another type of shampoo.

If your baby is experiencing an allergic reaction to one of their products, look for a change in skin color or swelling. If you see any of these signs, wash your child's hair with plain water and then stop using that product.

Make an appointment with your pediatrician.

Make an appointment with your pediatrician. The first step in treating hair loss in infants is to consult with a medical professional and get a diagnosis. Your pediatrician will examine your child and determine if there are any other health issues that might be causing hair loss, or if it's likely that the condition is genetic. If he or she believes that this is just a temporary issue, they may recommend some lifestyle changes you can make at home to help stimulate growth. If necessary, they may also refer you to a specialist who can provide treatment options.

If your pediatrician determines that the hair loss is genetic, he or she may also recommend some lifestyle changes as well. Some of these include increasing essential fatty acids and protein in your child's diet and giving them zinc supplements if necessary. Other common treatments for hair loss in babies include topical applications of minoxidil, which can be purchased over-the-counter at most pharmacies.

While you're waiting for your baby's hair to grow back, you can take active steps to improve its health.

While you're waiting for your baby's hair to grow back, you can take active steps to improve its health.

  • Avoid products that contain alcohol, or harsh chemicals. The first step is to avoid shampoos and other hair care products with harsh ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which can damage the scalp and cause inflammation that leads to hair loss. Instead, look for milder formulas that use soothing ingredients like aloe vera and chamomile oils instead of SLS—you may have a tough time finding these in drugstores but many brands sell them online.

  • Use a mild shampoo, and rinse thoroughly. A second way to help prevent further damage is by using only gentle cleansers on your baby's scalp as well as rinsing thoroughly after washing her hair each time so there are no traces left behind on the skin underneath—this even applies if you're using water alone instead of shampoo!

  • Use a soft brush rather than hard bristles when brushing out tangles in wet hair; combing while wet increases friction between strands making it easier for breakage over time which will accelerate degradation in quality over time too but don't worry about detangling knots while still wet because they'll come out easily once dry again later thanks ​to being set free from any buildup caused by product build-up (if applicable) as well as dirt accumulated throughout day."


Your baby's hair is a precious part of their identity, and it can be really disheartening when they lose it. But don't worry—there are many things you can do to help prevent hair loss in babies. You'll want to start by washing your child's hair frequently (at least twice a week), massaging their scalp regularly (no more than three times per day), using baby shampoo instead of adult shampoo or soap products on delicate scalps, and making an appointment with your pediatrician if there are any signs of allergic reactions. These simple steps will ensure that the bald spot stays at bay while your babe grows back into those beautiful locks!


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