Why is My Baby’s Hair Not Growing? 9 Possible Reasons

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Whether your baby’s hair is growing or not, your little Munchkin will always be cute.

I know you know this 😊but sometimes as a parent you can’t help but wonder: Why is my baby’s hair not growing?

Unless there is a genuine medical condition that needs attention, you probably should not be worried. It’s a stage that the baby will outgrow.

That said,

Here is a summary of possible reasons why your baby’s hair is not growing;

  1. It’s a stage, the baby is still young.
  2. Physical damage
  3. Nutritional deficiencies
  4. Genetics
  5. Using the wrong products
  6. Over manipulation
  7. Hormonal imbalance
  8. Thyroid disorders
  9. Alopecia Areata

With that summary out of the way, let’s delve deeper to have a better understanding of these reasons.

Why is My Baby’s Hair Not Growing?

why is my baby's hair not growing

1. It’s a Stage, the Baby is Still Young

You are probably over-stressing.

Your baby is still growing and therefore needs time for their hair to grow.

Also, your baby may be experiencing newborn hair loss which is caused by hormonal changes after birth. This is very normal and should not be a cause for concern. [1]

If the baby doesn’t have any medical conditions, as we shall look at later in the article, then you may have to be a little patient.

2. Physical Damage

Another reason that is causing your baby’s hair not to grow is physical damage to the baby’s hair.

There are several studies that have shown that when exposed to any form of physical stress, your baby’s hair follicles may become damaged and hence interfere with hair growth.

Some examples of physical damage that your baby’s hair may undergo include:

  • Tight hairstyles. Your baby’s hair will break if it is pulled too tightly.
  • Friction while sleeping. Babies can expose patches of the hair on their head to friction depending on which side they sleep on. For example, if they sleep on the side, the baby’s hair won’t grow on that particular side.
  • Hair styling tools that use heat may also prevent the baby’s hair from growing.

3. Nutritional Deficiencies

Nutrition plays a very important role in hair growth through cellular turnover and hair follicle growth cycle. [2]

Therefore, if your baby’s hair is not growing, they could be deficient in important nutrients such as proteins, Vitamins, Iron and Zinc.

Lack of any of these nutrients may cause hair growth to slow down:

  • Proteins – Deficiency in proteins will lead to brittle hair as hair is made of proteins.
  • Vitamin C – Contains anti-oxidant properties that prevent damage to hair follicles and also important in production of collagen which strengthens the hair.
  • Iron – Helps blood cells deliver enough nutrients and oxygen to your scalp.
  • Vitamin B  e.g Biotin which is vital for formation of keratin.
  • Vitamin A – It is important in production of sebum, which oils and protects your baby’s hair strands.

4. Genetics

Genetics play big a role in determining major characteristics of one’s hair including hair length, density and growth. [3]

This means that one’s genetics may cause their hair to grow faster and longer. The same genes may also be responsible for slower growth.

When genetics comes in to play, there is nothing much you can do other that let your baby’s hair be.

5. Using the Wrong Products

If your baby’s hair is not growing, it may be that you are using the wrong products. By this I mean that you are using products not suited for baby’s hair.

Always ensure you are using baby friendly products.

Baby products are made with gentle ingredients and formulas therefore kinder to your baby’s fragile hair while still doing the same job as adult products would.

Something else to note is that babies do not need a battalion of hair products. A little goes a long way.

Their hair is still growing and developing, too many hair products may cause build-up which may result in clogged follicles or scalp conditions such as dandruff.

6. Over Manipulating the Hair

Over manipulating baby’s hair may be the reason why their hair is not growing. Their hair is fragile and as such needs gentle care when handling it. Over manipulation may manifest itself in various forma including:

  • Tight hairstyles
  • Styling too frequently
  • Over brushing of your child’s hair
  • Using of elastic bands
  • Washing it too frequently

To prevent this, put baby’s hair into a low manipulation hairstyle that reduces the amount of times you have to touch her hair.

7. Hormonal Imbalance

Hormonal imbalance occurs when the hormones are not at normal levels.

This disruption of normality within the body comes with some negative effects one of them being hair loss.

To learn more about this condition, read this article by Baby Center that talks about Newborn hair loss.

8. Thyroid Disorder

Thyroid disorders are diseases that arise as a result of malfunctioning of the thyroid gland.

Research has shown that hair loss can be caused by thyroid disorders as one of the functions of the thyroid hormone is to develop and maintain your baby’s hair strands.[4] 

A baby may get these disorders if during pregnancy their thyroid glands did not develop fully and thus may cause production of insufficient amounts of the thyroid hormone.

In such a case, it’s good to check with your doctor who will figure out the best treatment for your baby.

9. Alopecia Areata

Another possible reason why your baby’s hair is not growing could be Alopecia Areata. [5]

This is a condition whereby the body’s immune system attacks the body’s hair follicles. Damage to the hair follicles causes hair thinning which eventually becomes hair loss.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are several reasons that may be causing your baby’s hair not to grow.

Some of them such as physical damage, products use and nutrition are totally within your control and therefore you can do something about it.

Otherwise, be patient and give your baby time as they are still growing.

Of course, if you suspect there could be a medical condition that needs attention, always trust your gut and consult a medical doctor.  

BTW, did you know hair porosity plays a key role in hair growth? Take this simple hair porosity test to determine if your hair is HIGH, LOW or NORMAL porosity.

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