The fine hair that appears on the newborn baby’s body is called “lanugo.” These tiny hairs usually make their appearance during the later stages of pregnancy. That is why it is considered as a feature associated with full-term babies. Lanugo tends to cover some parts of the body including the baby’s shoulders, ears, back and forehead. Normally, these feeble hair strands fall off after a couple of days of birth. In some babies, lanugo stays on for a longer period as well.
By all chance, your baby is likely to shed all his excess hair by the time he reaches the one year mark. However, children with dusky complexion might have a few hair strands left on their back, shoulders and arms even after three years. Heredity plays a major role in deciding the hair factor. In most cases, you will be showered with various home remedies in order to get rid of the excess hair. Almost all such treatments will be based on turmeric and raw milk as well. It should be remembered that such home remedies lack the authentication of any scientific data.
Moreover, most of these external treatments are likely to cause allergies on the tender skin as a result of abrasion. Your baby’s soft skin is likely to develop rashes or bruises here and there when exposed to such pastes. It is not a good idea to let the baby drink raw milk as part of the hair removal medication. Raw milk is extremely dangerous as it might result in the transmission of bacterial infections such as E. coli and salmonella.
It is advisable to ignore the excess body hair on the baby and let nature take its own course of removal. However, you need to watch for any irregularity in its growing pattern. If by any chance, you notice the lanugo hair strands to grow thicker, longer or darker, it might be the result of certain hormonal changes. In such a case, immediate medical attention should be ensured.