How can I make my baby's hair grow?

Is bubba being bald that beautiful? Wise up to ways to help your baby’s hair grow healthily!

Tired of people mistaking your little bald little sweetie for a little boy? Or are you always struggling to get those pretty hair pins on your daughter’s pretty much non-existent hair?

Many parents would love seeing a full head of soft, lustrous locks on their baby. If it’s a girl, especially, they may even wonder if any miraculous tricks are available to speed up their baby’s hair growth.

In actual fact, the characteristics of your baby’s hair are determined by his genes.

Consultant paediatric dermatologist Dr Chan Yuin Chew of Dermatology Associates at Gleneagles Medical Centre notes that hair’s thickness, colour and whether it is straight or curly is down to genetics. “Some babies may have thin hair at birth and it becomes thicker by age 1. This is due to a delay in transitioning from vellus [short, thin, fuzzy] hair to terminal hair,” Dr Chan notes. The latter type of hair is thicker, darker and longer.

“Some babies may have thin hair at birth and it becomes thicker by age 1. This is due to a delay in transitioning from vellus hair to terminal hair.”

Most babies also lose some of the hair they were born with within the first few months of life. This is completely normal and due to hormonal fluctuations. The hair should start growing again shortly after it falls.

There are, however, some medical conditions that can slow down a baby’s hair growth, or even prevent your baby’s hair from growing.

Dr Chan explains, “A severe infection that’s usually associated with a high fever, thyroid disorder, surgery and certain medications can cause hair loss that is usually temporary.”

Genetics may be to blame for the other causes of sparse, or thin hair, says Dr Chan. This includes neonatal occipital alopecia, which can occur on the back of the scalp in the early months of life, he notes.

This transient loss of hair in infants was attributed originally to pressure or friction from lying in a horizontal position, but was later found to be due to the normal hair replacement cycles. “It’s a temporary phenomenon that does not require treatment.”

So, while we are all born with a specific number of hair follicles (that won’t increase no matter how often you shave your baby’s head or what hair products you use), as parents, you can take these steps to improve healthy hair growth in your little one.