Generally, babies are born with millions of hair follicles. After 14 weeks of pregnancy, these follicles start to grow tiny strands of hair known as lanugo. Many kids shed their hair around 24 to 28th week of pregnancy. That’s why they are born with bald or minimal hair. However, some kids do not shed their hair, thus are born with a head full of hair.
Whether your baby has a full head of hair or not, you must take utmost care of gorgeous locks. So, consider the following hair care tips to maintain a clean and healthy scalp.
Regular oil massage of the scalp elevates blood circulation to the hair pores. It helps keep the scalp moisturized, which further helps avoid dandruff. As an added benefit, massage helps the baby sleep.
Apply a generous amount of oil to the scalp and massage in circular motions. However, make sure NOT to apply any pressure as it affects the newborn’s skull. You can use natural oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, or almond oil.
Shampooing on a regular basis helps get rid of the sweaty and dirty scalp. It also prevents brittle and thin hair. So, make sure to shampoo your infant’s hair and massage the scalp properly. Remember that you need not wash baby’s hair every day. Instead, thrice a week is more than enough to keep the scalp clean.
Also, use tear free baby shampoo, which is dermatologically tested, and pediatrician approved. Tear free shampoos and other products such as body wash and creams are specially designed for baby-sensitive skin. It is because these are soft on the skin and nourish the skin for utmost protection.
Dealing With Cradle Cap
Cradle cap is one of the most common skin conditions in newborns. It causes yellowish or white rough patches on their scalp. But, it is nothing to worry about. Generally, it clears between 8 to 12 months. All you have to do is wash and comb your baby’s scalp regularly. It will help loosen and remove scales. Also, avoid using talcum powder on the head, as it may worsen the condition.
Note: If the condition doesn’t seem to be improving, make sure to visit your doctor immediately.
Trimming is one of the effective ways to maintain healthy locks. It helps prevent breakage, split ends, and scalp dryness-related issues. Also, short hairs are more comfortable for a growing baby. In fact, you can also consider shaving an infant’s head for the same reason.
Last but not least, you should gently comb your baby’s scalp. It will help stimulate porous opening and sebum production. Use a large tooth and soft-bristled comb to ensure your baby doesn’t feel uncomfortable while combing. Also, do not comb multiple times a day. Once or twice a day is sufficient.
Wrapping it all up!
These are some tips that you can use to take care of your newborn’s hair and scalp. It will ensure healthy and shiny locks along with tackling the issue of cradle caps. Even so, if you do not see any effective results with regular shampooing and brushing, visit the doctor right away.