jack and jeffHave I mentioned that Jack has telogen effluvium?

Don’t worry. It’s totally normal. In fact, I bet many of you probably had the same thing at his age.

Almost every day, we hear the wisecracks about Jack and Jeff having the same hairline. While we find the hairline similarities amusing, the harder I seem to laugh, the bigger the bald spot gets.

Let me direct your attention to the back of my kid’s head.
racing stripe
Jeff affectionately calls it his racing stripe since the bald patch extends from ear to ear.

Lovely, huh?

Jack will be 4 months in just a few weeks and it seems as he gets older, the more hair he loses. It’s totally normal for kids to be bald on the back of their heads since they spend so much time on laying on their backs.

The fact is, baby hair loss is so normal that Babycenter says that babies often lose their hair during the first six months. About 5 to 15 percent of hair on the scalp is usually in the resting phase at any one time, but stress, fever, or a hormonal change can cause a large number of hairs to stop growing all at once.

I read that we can try to alternate a baby’s sleeping position, but balding happens quite easily, with very little friction along the scalp. Therefore there is little a parent can do except wait.

Beyond the facts, I feel like Jack’s exaggerated head rocking and rooting as he falls asleep in his crib is going to make him completely bald in no time. He shakes his head so hard you’d think he has his own mosh pit in his crib.

There could be worse things than a big bald spot. Yet, with his dark hair, it’s so hard to hide the backside of my temporarily follically-challenged boy.

But never fear, they sell everything for babies. Really, they do. If worse comes to worse, I think we’ll go with the The Bob.


That way, he can match mommy and people at the grocery store won’t ask if he’s mine anymore.