Body Hair

Body Hair
Q:
Body Hair

I have a question about my 3-month-old. She seems to have facial hair (forehead and upper lip) and back hair. Is this unusual for infants and will it subside?

A:

Dr. Greene’s Answer:

It is pretty common for young babies to have soft, thin hair on their faces and backs, called lanugo, that disappears during the first year. It is most common in kids who are born early or who have a darker complexion, but can be seen in any baby.

There is a different type of hair called terminal or adult hair that sometimes shows up in babies. It is coarse and thick, like beard hair. That should be checked by a pediatric dermatologist. In addition, a patch of thick hair on the sacrum (lower back) of a newborn should be checked by a pediatrician.

Reviewed by: Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, Liat Simkhay Snyder
Last reviewed: May 14, 2008
Dr. Alan Greene

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Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

 

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