Paul was born with what I would consider a full head of dark hair. Well, a full head of dark hair for a baby that I birthed. I’ve had 4 bald babies, and Paul I consider my most well endowed in the hair department. We were ecstatic of his follicular achievement.
But that photo right there? The one of him being cradled by my mother in law, the day after he was born? THAT WAS THEN.
Because behold, this is now:
Bald, bald, baby Paul. Poor kid lost all his hair over the course of the last 4 months.
But last night, I did a little research. Low and behold, it’s completely normal! Babies often times lose their hair during the first six months of life. It even has a name, it’s called telogen effluvium.
According to Wikipedia, telogen effluvium is due to an emotional, physiological stressful events may result in an alteration of the normal hair cycle. It’s also the direct result of a hormonal change.
Since a newborn’s hormones change right after birth, it triggers their hair from a “resting phase” into a “growth phase”, thus the old hair (on his head at birth) falls out and new hair starts to grow in it’s place.
And um, ladies, if you’ve found yourself 4 months postpartum and shedding? Yeah, it’s the same thing. You can blame it on your postpartum hormones. But the good thing is, you’re not a freak, and it’s completely normal!
So yeah, Paul has lost all his hair, and I’m shedding too. But we’re normal! WooHoo!
I guess it’s time to start shopping for sunhats, for the both of our bald heads.
How about you? Have you (or your baby) lost your hair recently?
Top image by Casey.
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