Does it cut a child a year?

Ekaterina Zhukova
Ekaterina Zhukova
January 14, 2013
Does it cut a child a year?

Soon the baby will be one year old, and relatives are preparing for this solemn event. It is at this time that parents are faced with the question: Is it possible to cut a child a year? Often it is this issue that causes disputes and disagreements among family members of the baby. From where did the tradition come about to cut off the "bald" one-year-old kids, which gives such a haircut from a medical point of view, and also about whether it is necessary to cut a child a year, we'll talk today.

Where did the tradition to cut children

According to the most common legend, the tradition to cut children per year originated in ancient Russia. Haircut was a kind of family adoption ritual, as children often died in early infancy. However, this ritual existed only in some regions of Russia, a much more common was the belief of the Slavs that the hair contains the source of human vitality. Therefore, the hair was not cut, and the hairs that fell out when combing were either burned or tied on young fruit trees so that new hair would grow faster and be as strong as a tree.So our ancestors did not even think about whether to cut a child a year, their choice was unequivocal - not to cut! At the same time, children under 12 years old (both girls and boys) were not even clipped by the ends of their hair, fearing that they would shave off the mind and deprive the child of the patronage of the gods. And only after reaching the age of 16 children were allowed to trim the ends of the hair in the new moon period, while cutting them off not more than the length of one nail.

Is it necessary to cut the baby a year

Hair grows from the follicle - special “sacs” located in the thick of the scalp, which develop in children in the prenatal period. The density of hair depends on the number of follicles, which is mainly determined by heredity. In children, the hair first grows thin and sparse, but gradually changes, becoming thicker and thicker by 3-4 years. Since new follicles do not appear after birth, external influences (cutting or shaving) do not affect the quality of the hair. Therefore, parents who reflect on whether it is possible to cut a child up to a year or a year, we advise you to think about what exactly you want to achieve with a haircut? If you simply cut off faded and wiped hairs, then this, perhaps, makes sense, and if you fundamentally change the quality of your baby's hair, you are unlikely to succeed.

Whether to cut a child a year or not - the choice is yours. There are no contraindications. The only thing that doctors do not advise is to shave the head of the baby - this can damage the follicles, and simply inculcate in the child dislike the process of cutting.

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