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Thick hair on face, lip and legs of children

My daughter is 5 plus years old and she is having thick hair on her face, upper lip and very thick hair on legs. Please suggest some remedy.
( 5 Mar 2009)

Many children have a lot of body hair, and this is quite natural for them. There is most probably nothing for you to worry about, but if you think the hair is really excessive, you should consult a doctor. I assume that you have anyway been taking your daughter for regular check ups, so if there was really a problem, your doctor would quite certainly have noticed it and mentioned it by now. In any case, on your next visit, you can ask your doctor for an opinion.

Children sometimes have a lot of hair on their arms, legs, and back, and even on the face - this hair sometimes disappears as the child grows older, while in other children it may increase a bit before it disappears. Excess hair on adults is quite different from excess hair on children. In adults it almost always indicates some kind of disorder of the body, usually involving the level of hormones in the body. In children however, this situation is extremely unlikely to arise, especially if there is no growth of hair in areas such as the underarms and the genitals, where hair normally appears only at puberty. If there does happen to be some hormonal problem, your doctor will help you determine what exactly it is, and how it can be treated. Usually, medication is enough to correct the hormonal imbalance.

Body hair in children is very different from that in adults - it is neither the fine fuzz that can be seen on babies nor the thick hair that appears during adolescence. If the color of the hair is light, then it is usually not even noticed, even if there is a lot of it. However, if the color of the hair is dark, then the hair is of course much more noticeable. Whatever the case may be, this hair does not remain till adulthood, so if you are worried about your daughter growing up with excessive body hair, you can put your fears to rest. Once she reaches adolescence, her body will change, and this hair will disappear; in fact, it will most probably disappear even before she reaches adolescence.

You should avoid making your daughter self conscious about this hair. At her age, she should not be bothered with such concerns. Also avoid any attempt to remove the hair by shaving, waxing etc. A child of five has very delicate, sensitive skin, and you can cause a lot of damage by using such treatments on your daughter's skin.

answered by G S on 5 Mar 2009, 5:09:54

 

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