Your baby’s hair growth is probably mostly controlled by genetics. However, there are some things that you can do to boost your child’s hair growth. As holistic pediatricians, we believe a good diet and supplementation goes a long way.
Apply Coconut or Olive Oil
Vitamin E is one of the nutrients that is found in coconut oil. It helps stimulate hair growth by increasing blood circulation. It also gives the hair a natural shine. Additionally, coconut oil may get rid of cradle cap, which is a common problem among children.
You can also use extra virgin olive oil or organic virgin oil. Let the coconut or olive oil sit for about 20 minutes before you rinse it out.
Brush Your Child’s Scalp
Brushing the hair helps stimulate growth by stimulating the scalp. You can brush your child’s hair after you apply the oil to it. Brushing your child’s hair (after you’ve washed the oil out) can also help them fall asleep.
Shampoo And Condition the Hair Regularly
You can wash your baby’s hair every two or three days after they are out of the newborn phase. Dirt can clog the pores, which can decrease hair growth rate.
Shampooing the hair can dry it out, which is why it is important for you to use conditioner. The conditioner will moisturize the hair, strengthen it and promote hair growth. Conditioners can also prevent breakage. Many children’s shampoos are 2-in-1, with shampoo and conditioner in one.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
If you are breastfeeding, then you can include butternut squash, mango, carrots and pumpkin in your diet. Those foods are rich in vitamin A. You can also include whole grains, potatoes, beans and eggs in your diet because they are rich in B vitamins. Biotin, which is known as vitamin B-7 is needed for healthy hair and nail growth.
Leafy green vegetables are other foods that you should consider including in your diet. They have iron, which can stimulate hair growth by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the follicles. If you formula feed, then you can choose one that has iron, prebiotics, probiotics and vitamin D.
Your baby can start eating solid foods between four and six months of age. However, you should consult with your pediatrician before starting your child on solids.