How to Keep Baby From Getting a Bald Spot
Bald spots on the back of a baby’s head are very common. Ever since the “back is best” movement began, baby spends a considerable amount of time on their backs with napping and sleeping, which can lead to bald spots. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to not only prevent the spots from happening, but also help the hair re-grow if your baby already has a bald spot.
Take the Gentle Approach with Shampooing
Be gentle when shampooing your baby’s hair. Avoid using any harsh chemicals or scrubbing too vigorously, as this can irritate the scalp and cause bald spots to develop. Instead, use a gentle baby shampoo and massage it into the scalp gently with your fingertips. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
Consider Using a Silk or Satin Crib Sheet
Friction between your baby’s head and their bed sheet could be a contributing factor to their bald spot. Opting for a breathable satin crib sheet is a great way to reduce that friction and therefore reduce the bald spot. These can also be great for reducing any knots that may come from constantly moving their head as they sleep. Here’s a link for the sheets we recommend to help with baby’s bald spot.
Be Gentle when it Comes to Styling
When brushing your baby’s hair, use a soft-bristled brush that won’t pull or snag on the hair. Start at the bottom of the hair and work your way up, being careful not to tug too hard. Also, avoid tight hairstyles. When putting your baby’s hair up into a ponytail or other style, make sure not to pull too tight. This can put unnecessary stress on the hair follicles and lead to bald spots.
Bald spots on a baby’s head are usually nothing to worry about and will go away on their own within a few months. However, if you notice that the bald spots are getting larger or more numerous, make an appointment with your pediatrician as this could be a sign of an underlying health condition. In most cases, though, a few simple lifestyle changes are all that’s needed to prevent baby bald spots from developing in the first place!