Why is Caillou Bald?


Why is Caillou Bald?

This was one of the more interesting questions that I had been asked in quite a while and the fact that it had to do with a cartoon character was all the more reason for me to laugh. I have actually never seen the cartoon with Caillou before, but after doing a little bit of research on the show, I might just have to give it a shot now. It kind of reminds me of the old Calvin and Hobbes comic strip and books, so that is enough to get me to check it out as that was one of my all time favorite comics.

One of the most common questions is in regards to why Caillou, who is a six year old, has a completely bald head. This is something that a lot of the show’s followers have been confused about since the show started a few years back and I was anxious to find out for myself even though I had never seen the character beyond a few drawings on the internet.

The first and most obvious reason that I came up with was the fact that he is still only six years old and has not been able to grow any hair just yet. This is not a very uncommon thing for some children to go through, so I do not see how it is that far fetched to consider this to be the correct answer. From what I have read on the internet pertaining to this question, none of Caillou’s classmates have found this to be very strange, either.

So, the fact that this kid is bald should not cause anyone any concerns that he is dying or anything drastic like that. The kid is just not developing as quickly as the other children and that is perfectly normal in today’s world. I think people should stop focusing on these random things and instead just enjoy the show. I hope to be able to check out a few episodes, myself, very soon.

Author: radan

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25 Responses

  1. hannah

    December 30, 2010 9:47 am

    Caillou is French for “bald”. The original series was created in Canada and broadcast in French. The original storybook character was younger and therefore it is not strange that he does not have hair.

      • R

        June 1, 2012 12:28 pm

        I don’t know where you get your information from but for a six year old to not have hair is very uncommon. Unless they are a cancer patient. And by the way he is four which is still very unusual to not have hair

        • Jamey

          October 22, 2012 11:39 pm

          Caillou stands for all children. He doesn’t have curly blond hair, a carrot-top, brown hair, glasses, or ethnic features, because he represents all children. We wanted to make Caillou universal so every child could identify with him. And they do! Caillou’s baldness may make him different, but we hope it’s helping children understand that being different isn’t just okay, it’s normal.

          This is from the creators. Caillou doesn’t mean bald or cancer…
          Hes just a normal kid. (and he is 4) not 6…and all 4 year olds have hair. Unless they have a disorder, or disease.

    • Donna

      December 5, 2012 1:27 pm

      Calliou is NOT 6 he is only 4 years old..He is bald because he is a universal little boy. Not a red head, black hair or blonde…just because you write does
      n0t mean u know what your talking about.

  2. jim

    July 29, 2012 10:25 pm

    I ussually come to the internet for answers. I have never seen someone spend so much time and words not answering a question. …and Caillou is French for cancer!

    • Chad

      March 2, 2013 11:56 am

      Caillou is all children. He is not blond or Curley or dark or redhead. He is neutral. Only adults make judgements about how someone should look. Not children.

  3. zarina

    August 1, 2012 1:31 pm

    1. Callilou is 4 (“I am a boy that’s four, each day I learn some more etc.”)

    2. Original story was about a toddler

    3. Kids don’t care 🙂

  4. Joe

    October 23, 2012 8:30 pm

    The person who researched this question should be fired. Calliou is 4. and it is very unusual at that age not to have hair. Do more research, and quite a few people need french lessons.

  5. Sugar

    October 26, 2012 1:08 pm

    Caillou is 4….. NOT 6…… and the theme song says “I’m just a kid who’s 4 each day I grow some more. I like exploring I’m Caillou…”

  6. Stephanie Higgins

    November 1, 2012 2:26 pm

    My 2 year old daughter loves Caillou and I have wondered why a boy of 4 would be bald as well. I did a Google search and found the website below and the answer to my question. The answer to my question made me smile.


    Caillou stands for all children. He doesn’t have curly blond hair, a carrot-top, brown hair, glasses, or ethnic features, because he represents all children. We wanted to make Caillou universal so every child could identify with him. And they do! Caillou’s baldness may make him different, but we hope it’s helping children understand that being different isn’t just okay, it’s normal.

  7. Mimi

    December 2, 2012 9:00 am

    When I first saw the show I thought it was going to be a a child with cancer but since he seems to be quite healthy I did not know why he was bald. I like the answer that it helps to make all kids able to relate to him. But I also saw that it said kids didn’t care if he was bald so if that is the case why would they care if he had brown hair or blond hair or whatever? I think may he is just a very blond child with very short hair. lol
    I like his show and I like having my 3 year old grand son watch him because while Caillou isn’t perfect and does things he shouldn’t he is always respectful of his parents and kids need to learn that at an early age.

  8. janellionaire

    January 16, 2013 1:21 pm

    what is the point of this site if you don’t bother to do any research and just write a bunch of crap?

  9. heh

    January 16, 2013 3:16 pm

    wow you sound stupid, the real answer is on an official pbs website, not what this lame typed because they have nothing better to do.

  10. Stephanie

    January 18, 2013 2:20 pm

    Whoever wrote this article is a complete moron! And yes, Caillou is 4 not 6. And it is FAR from normal for a 4 or a 6 year old to be bald… Also, Caillou DOES NOT stand for cancer in French. It stands for pebble or cobble. People need to do their research before writing things. You guys sound pretty unintelligent when you write things that you make up. I don’t typically respond to blogs such as this but I just had to put my 2 cents in after reading this ridiculous article. I found this after trying to find who produces this extremely irritating show. I won’t let my kids watch Caillou because all it teaches them is that if you whine long enough you’ll get what you want. These are not the values that I want to instill in my children. Someone needs to put a stop to this show… That boy has to be the whiniest little brat I’ve ever seen!!

    • Sonia

      March 14, 2013 12:53 pm

      He is whiney, but his parents don’t teach him that he gets what he wants with his whining. If you actually watch the show, you will see his parents speak to him in a calm manner to explain why he can’t always have his way.

  11. Harry Baxter

    January 30, 2013 2:44 am

    It’s NORMAL for a 4 year old not to have a SINGLE hair on their head? LMAO! Granted some children grow hair longer, faster and thicker than others but I agree with others here that say a 4 year old with no hair actively growing from their scalp that’s healthy is definitely NOT common.

    I mean, you have some kids that are BORN with a head full of hair, and if not you can definitely see some hair starting to sprout in the first few weeks of life.

  12. Lexi

    February 10, 2013 8:55 pm

    I cannot believe thus guy!! He knows nothing about the subject matter, so why even comment? Let alone write an article? Calliou means “little pebble” not cancer, death, bald or whatever else you crazy, ignorant people think! Like many have said, refer to the actual creators of caillou to get your info!

  13. Long Vong

    February 26, 2013 1:32 pm

    My thoughts are not JUST the fact that Caillou is bald, but the fact that his younger sister Rosie has a full head of hair.

  14. Rand Davis

    February 28, 2013 8:45 pm

    I’ve never seen a longer way to state: “I have no idea and have no qualifications to tackle answering this question.” You’re wrong about everything and need to get better at doing internet research.

  15. Sonia

    March 14, 2013 12:50 pm

    The creators said they made calliou bald because they wanted a universal child to represent all children.

  16. Ann

    April 1, 2013 12:01 am

    My hamster can write a better article than you. You dodged the question the entire time. Give me back the time I wasted reading this junk!

    Who made this article? Probably someone who doesn’t have kids or never met many kids.

    Please, someone fire this so-called writer.

  17. Aims

    May 29, 2013 12:33 pm

    OMG people its a TV show for entertainment purposes. So the kid is bald? He is polite most if the time & he may whine a little but I’ve never heart the words ‘dumb’ stupid’ etc like I have on so many other cartoons. I appreciate its simplicity. Oh.. & what toddler doesn’t whine a little? Seriously? Get a grip. This show is not going to damage your child.

  18. wow I cant

    May 25, 2014 9:43 pm



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