Why Some Newborns Are Very Hairy

While everyone was busy guessing who the child was most like, the parents had a happy, relieved feeling when their little joy entered the world. Fingers, tiny feet, soft skin, and a little bit of fluff on her body. Would you be surprised if your newborn came out of the womb with a full head of hair? It looks so funny. New parents are still wondering why there is so much hair on their baby’s body.

Most newborns will have very little to no hair on their heads when they are born. But, newborns with hairy heads or thick body hair can evoke a lot of attention from near and dear ones from the time they are born.Baby covered with body hair, or lanugo.

Lanugo is the thin, soft hair found all over the face, shoulders, and back of a newborn. This hair usually develops while the ꜰᴇᴛᴜs grows within the ᴡᴏᴍʙ, and it disappears by 36 to 40 weeks of gestation. The function of the lanugo is primarily to keep the ꜰᴇᴛᴜsᴇs protected from the ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ ꜰʟᴜɪᴅ. The cheese-like substance, called ᴠᴇʀɴɪx, prevents your baby’s skin from getting chafed inside the ᴡᴏᴍʙ. Lanugo serves as an adhesive surface for the ᴠᴇʀɴɪx to stay on the baby’s skin without getting washed off by the ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ ꜰʟᴜɪᴅ. So, you do not need to worry if your baby is born with a considerable amount of fuzz all over his body; it will fall off by the time he’s about 4 months old.

Many theories have been proposed as to why some newborns are just hairier than the average baby.

Heartburn in Pregnancy: Pregnancy is not a joyride, and persistent heartburn could be the reason why it isn’t one. This thinking has been part of pregnancy folklore for a while. If you feel intense discomfort with heartburn due to ᴀᴄɪᴅ reflux is a sign that your growing baby has a head full of thick hair. Long-term studies conducted on pregnant women with mild to severe cases of heartburn revealed that babies born to women who suffered from frequent bouts of ᴀᴄɪᴅ reflux had plenty of hair on their heads. The hair could sometimes be detected on an ultrasound.

Home Remedies for Heartburn During Pregnancy: Even if you seem to have no control over how much hair your newborn will have on his head, you can still follow some tips to relieve the heartburn for your sake. Eat small meals throughout the day. Limit the intake of spicy, bitter, sour, and salty foods. And they need alkalizing foods like almonds, avocados, leafy greens, herbal teas, garlic, curd, and smoothies. Avoid bending over, lying down, or doing sudden movements right after a meal. If need be, check with your ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ and keep those mild, chewable ᴄʜᴇᴡᴀʙʟᴇ ᴀɴᴛᴀᴄɪᴅs with you to help you with your condition.

Anything can happen during a pregnancy; most of them are directly influenced by the environment, genetics, hormones, and many other factors. All you’ve got to do is be optimistic, take care of yourself, and be ready to accept your little munchkin in all his loveliness, whether he is hairy or not!

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