28 Jun 2022 | 3 min Read
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While some newborn babies have thick hair when they are born, some may have a bald scalp. However, little hair or no hair does not mean your child is unhealthy. Until the baldness becomes persistent, you need not worry about your baby’s hair growth.
Community Expert Dr Pooja Marathe says, “Most babies will get their hair in by their 1st birthday. If yours seems to not get there by the time you’re getting the cake ready, don’t worry. Genetics has a role to play in it too.”
However, for better and healthier hair growth, these home remedies and hair-friendly vitamins can help boost your child’s slow hair growth.
Irrespective of what products you decide to use, it’s important to avoid products that have unnecessary and harsh chemicals. These products can damage your toddler’s delicate scalp and hair. Use a natural shampoo that is free from toxins and harmful chemicals.
Avoid ingredients like mineral oil, sulphates, phenoxyethanol, synthetic fragrance and parabens. Look for oils like cocoa oil, coconut oil, vanilla oil and sandalwood oil which are gentle and have nourishing properties and promote hair growth.
If your baby has curly or textured hair, it can easily form knots and tangles. Hence, it is important that you gently detangle them to avoid this from happening as it can cause breakage and cause hair loss in your little one. Use a soft brush and detangle your baby’s hair gently every day.
You can find many varieties of coconut oil in the market which claim to be natural. However, cold-pressed organic coconut oil is the best as it is prepared without any heat and hence it retains all the vital nutrients found in coconuts.
Plus, coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E which has antioxidant properties. Applying it to your baby’s scalp boosts blood circulation and promotes hair growth.
According to Community Expert Dr Pooja Marathe, “Vitamins like vitamin B7 (biotin) and B12 are important to strengthen and condition the hair.” You can find these hair-friendly foods in eggs, sweet potatoes, bananas, broccoli, chicken, fish and yoghurt. Give them healthy fats that are found in avocados, peanut butter and salmon.
You can also sprinkle some chia seeds into their fruits and salads which are rich in omega 3 and promotes hair growth. Carrots and sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A which keeps hair silky by stimulating the production of sebum. Sebum is the oil which is responsible for promoting the healthy growth of the hair.
Towels and pillows are the two most common things that come in contact with your child’s scalp regularly. Hence if they have rough fabric, they can cause breakage. Go for materials like cotton and microfiber which are gentle and don’t damage your baby’s delicate hair follicles. Avoid rubbing your baby’s head to dry his/her hair, instead just pat dry.
Try out these natural remedies to boost your child’s hair growth. If your child has excess hair fall, it can be a sign of an infection, hence consult with a doctor on time for the same.
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