hair troubles

@foxyfire33 (10009)
United States
February 17, 2007 5:43pm CST
I'm putting this here because I figured the ladies here have probably been through this themselves and it does affect my child as well. My son is 3 months old and still exclusively breastfeeding. My hair is falling out in fairly large amounts (thankfully it's thick to start with). I know that this is due to all the hormone flucuations and the cold, dry weather isn't helpig either. Because my hair is thick and reaches past my shoulders I need to keep it pulled back some how. This just adds to the breakage. Here's my problem, I'm constantly pulling stray hairs off my baby. They get caught around his fingers, in the folds around his neck, in his mouth sometimes. It's very frustrating and worries me. What, besides using extra moisturizing conditioner and keeping it pulled back, can I do about this? Please don't suggest cutting it short. It looks horrible short and takes way too long to grow out again.
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9 responses
• United States
18 Feb 07
I know how you feel. Everytime I brush my hair (especially after a shower) a handful of hair comes out. i am going to cut at least 5 inches off March 1st! I am hoping that it wont't be such a pain! I too am finding hair everywhere on my baby. I carry her on my back so my hair is always in a ponytail and it still falls out. They said it should be back to normal within a year. I hope so!
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• United States
18 Feb 07
My suggestion would be to comb often. Not brush, brushing can break your hair even more. My daughters ped suggested it to me after I had her, and I started doing it again after having my son. I kept a thick toothed comb with me and used it .. eh, not all the time but a lot. Probably once or twice every hour or so. It helped to free the loose hairs and keep them off of me and the babies. Hope this helps! Oh - P.S. don't worry about it getting on the baby, your hair won't hurt him :) It is bothersome though, I know!
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Thanks, it's good to know I'm not the only one. I already finger comb it instead of brushing because I have unruly curls. My biggest concern about it getting on the baby is when he gets it in his hands and it wraps tight around his little fingers.
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@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Usually the hairs should not be a danger to your baby even if they wrap tight arond his fingers and such. Try using a little pomade or hair oil at the base of your hair on your scalp. Just part your hair down near the scalp with a pencil or with the teeth of a comb. And then dab a little bit along th part then part the next nearby section and repeat. And stop washing your hair everyday. Wash it evey three days or twice a week and see if that helps.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I just worry about circulation if they wrap really tight. LOL I don't think I've washed my hair everyday in years. In part because the biggest age difference between my children is about 2 1/2 years, mostly because I learned that trick already. I'm down to twice a week now but am hesitant to drop down to once a week. Anyone have good results from only once weekly washing?
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• United States
18 Feb 07
Condition the you know what out of it. Use a hair proten, too. Try using scrunchies instead of hard twist ties. i know this is going to sound silly, but they make products especially for African-American hair that helps to reduce breakage. You could try one of those.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
18 Feb 07
This will probably sound just as silly but I live in an area that's probably at least 95 percent white, 4 percent hispanic, with the rest being a mix of either African-American or Asian. Yeah, I know not very diverse. I'll have to look for those products and give it a try. If I can find anything like that anyway.
@mywords18 (645)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I Understand ur worries as this is happening with ur dear infant just try having this home made recipe..........take 1 spoon gelatine with i spoon lemon juice and i spoon honey with ur desired amount of water everymornin empty stomach and continue for 15 days.it will cover the deficency of protiens which are mainy cause of hairfall and honey and lemon will help them keepin more shinny and healthy and if prob continues furthur pls contact doctor.
• Netherlands
18 Feb 07
When you want to put your hair back don't do it tightly, just twist it up lightly and use a clip with teeth and not a tie with a rubber bit in it. That will help alleviate the extra breakage from putting it back. It should stop falling out soon so that should ease your concerns a bit. Take some extra vitamins.
@Aloeli (398)
• Portugal
18 Feb 07
i don't have hair troubles
• United States
18 Feb 07
Just a thought--When my twins were about 3 months old, I asked my OB at a follow-up visit when I could expect the hormones to settle down a little so my hair wouldn't fall out so badly. He told me that wasn't still a hormone problem that long after birth. He ordered bloodwork, and sure enough, even though I wasn't on maternity leave anymore, my thyroid was. Within a week of being on thyroid meds, my hair quit falling out. This makes sense, since the thyroid helps make the pregnancy hormones.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
18 Feb 07
getting hair all over you baby can be a pain. Have you thought about a hair net. not thoes that the food industry uses but the finer ones. You can get them at Wal-Mart. Put your hair in a bun and cover it with the net or bunch it up and cover just the back with the net.