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Q&A: Why Is Baby Bald?

Why is baby bald in spots? What can I do?

Babies often lose their hair during the first six months — usually they lose it right along with their mothers! This is called "telogen effluvium," which is the loss of hair after a big, stressful event (birth and giving birth definitely counts). Don't worry, the hair always grows back — though sometimes as a different color or consistency. The reason for the bald spot is that since babies are on their backs, they turn their head from side to side, and they lose more hair on the back of their head.

By Dr. Paula Prezioso, MD, is in private practice at Pediatric Associates of New York City and is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the NYU Medical School.