Q&A: Is infant hair loss normal?
My daughter is five months old. She was born with a good amount of hair on her head. But since the last two months she has shed a lot of hair. I have heard olive oil is good for hair. Should I massage her hair with olive oil?
First, you should know that it is very common (and not considered abnormal) for infants to lose some of the hair that they were born with. It regrows, but can be a completely different color or texture. Fortunately, half-bald babies are still incredibly cute. Another common occurence is a balding strip in the back of a baby’s head. As parents now put their infants to sleep on their backs (which does indeed reduce he chance if SIDS), babies are spending more time on their backs and ‘rubbing’ some hair off as they turn their heads from side to side. This hair regrows as well as infants learn to sit up. So, unless you think the hair loss is excessive(as in all of it) what you are seeing is most likely a normal phenomenon. I’m not aware of any oil rubbed onto the scalp that is better than another. They all do basically the same thing—moisturize and make the hair shine. Good nutrition has more to do with healthy hair than products applied from the outside. You aren’t, however, doing any harm and are invigorating the scalp and inceasing blood flow with the massage your baby gets in the process It should, however, be done gently.