Why is my newborn baby so hairy?

That soft peach fuzz covering your new baby’s back, shoulders, arms and feet may be shocking, but it’s also normal. Officially known as lanugo, it is the first hair made by the body and it plays a vital role in protecting the baby’s skin and regulating her body temperature in the womb.

What causes newborns to have a lot of hair?

The follicles that grow while they’re in the womb form a hair pattern they’ll have for the rest of their lives. New follicles don’t form after birth, so the follicles you have are the only ones you’ll ever get. The hair is visible on your baby’s head and may grow quickly or slowly during the weeks leading up to birth.

Can babies be born with a lot of hair?

There is a huge range of ‘normal‘ when it comes to baby hair. Some babies are born with a full head of hair and then lose much of it in the first six months (though some never do). Some babies are born bald and their hair comes in later.

How do you wash a newborn’s hair?

Rinse your baby off with water and pat your baby dry. Cup your hand under warm water and gently pour it over your baby’s head to wet your baby’s hair. Put a small amount of baby shampoo on your baby’s hair. Gently rub in a circular motion, and then use a plastic cup or your hand to rinse off the shampoo.

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Do all newborns lose their hair?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), most babies lose some — or even all — of their hair in the first few months of life. And it’s completely normal. This hair loss is called alopecia, and in babies it can have several triggers, from hormones to sleeping position.

How long does it take for lanugo to go away?

This thin, soft hair, called lanugo, is common: All fetuses grow it in the womb. It usually disappears by 36 to 40 weeks gestation, which explains why babies born early are especially likely to have it. Rest assured that the hair will fall out on its own by the time your baby is 4 months old.

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