As fragile as it is delicate, babies’ hair has some special care
There is nothing more tender than caressing the head of a baby. Her hair is so fine, so delicate, whether it be a lot or a little hair, the truth is that we love to touch the softness of babies’ hair. To preserve and care for it there are many specific products on the market, but are they necessary?
I remember that when my first daughter was born she was handed over to me dressed and wrapped in a blanket, and her hair was still somewhat sticky with traces of fluid and blood. They had barely passed him a cotton ball, and the nurse explained that it was too early to wash his hair. The next day her head was perfectly clean, but they hadn’t shampooed her yet. It was a week before I washed her hair for the first time, because the important thing was not that my baby looked “pretty” or that she smelled like flowers, but to take care of her health.
According to Fatherly, most pediatricians advise only bathing a small baby once or twice a week, and some say they don’t even need to wash their hair with every bath, and once a week will suffice. Frequent washing prevents the body from producing skin flora, which is essential for building a healthy immune system. Still, bath time is a rewarding experience for baby and family, and when a baby is in a bath, washing their heads can calm them down.
Use products, yes or no?
On the market there are many products suitable for baby’s skin and hair, however, many times, a little warm water will be enough. As with adults, washing your hair every day can dry out the scalp and damage it. Even shampooing for babies is not necessary, and it is recommended that the soaps be paraffinic, fragrance-free and latex-free, both to avoid irritating the eyes and skin and to avoid exposing the child to chemicals.
“Unfortunately, all those soaps that smell great are probably not the best for your baby, because that’s an added fragrance that’s an added chemical,” explains Sarah Stampflee, assistant manager of nursing at Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
Therefore, if you bathe the baby every day, you can alternate the days of washing; for example, one day shampoo is applied and two or three days the next not. It all depends on the season of the year, how dirty the baby’s hair can be, and the reliability of the products used.
On the other hand, it is essential to have a soft brush to brush dry daily and thus remove dead tissue; This helps to remove dirt and grease and prevents so much shampoo from being added to the wash. When they grow older, and the hair becomes tangled, having the brush at hand will solve many moments of tension and crying when the comb gets stuck (a mother with a girl with kinky curlers tells you this). When they are over 2 years old, the styling cream can solve things a lot.
For babies with very thick hair who tend to dry out and breakage, the use of natural oils such as avocado, jojoba and almond oil is recommended, which can be applied after the bath by rubbing a few drops into the hair and scalp, and then using a soft brush or wide tooth comb to comb it.
How to care for cradle cap
According to Kid’s Health, cradle cap, or infant seborrheic dermatitis is that type of dandruff common in newborns and in babies of a few weeks, which are seen as scaly patches on the scalp. Although the appearance is alarming for new parents, they do not have any negative effect on the health of the baby, and it should not be treated with any medication, unless directed by the pediatrician.
You do not need to use any type of special shampoo, but rather wash the hair with warm water and comb with a soft brush. The scales will simply come off. Many people also use baby oil to hydrate and help the scales come off more easily.
Finally, it is necessary to emphasize that in the first months babies usually lose that initial hair with which they were born, to give way to the birth of a new stronger hair. Therefore, in this period, many parents choose to cut their hair very short so that the depopulated areas of hair are less noticeable.
Tips for washing a baby’s hair
Limit washing to once a week at most
Use paraffin-free, fragrance-free, and latex-free shampoos that are safe for baby’s skin and eyes.
Using soft, wide-tooth combs and hair brushes to work on tangles from the bottom up
Understand that some babies’ hair loss is natural
And you, what specific care do you provide to your baby’s hair?