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How to Remove Lots of Hair on a Newborn Baby

author image Marie Bell
Marie Bell has earned a Bachelor of Science in sports medicine and is currently working toward a Doctor of Medicine. She has a passion for health and wellness and shares her knowledge in her writing.
How to Remove Lots of Hair on a Newborn Baby
A newborn baby is sticking his tongue out. Photo Credit David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images

The soft, thin hair that is sometimes found on the face, shoulders and back of newborns is called lanugo. All fetuses grow lanugo hair in utero. The hair generally vanishes between 36 and 40 weeks gestation. Thus, premature infants are more likely to have lanugo hair. After birth, this hair is usually rubbed off after two to four weeks and by 4 months of age at the very latest. If the hair persists or exists as a tuft of hair on the back, consult a physician. Do not attempt to remove hair from your newborn.

Step 1

Observe the hair that is on your newborn.

Step 2

If the hair is fine, wait a few weeks and continue to observe. It is likely that the hair will eventually fade away.

Step 3

If the hair exists as a tuft or patch on the newborn's back, consult a physician immediately as this may be a sign of a neurological disorder.

Step 4

If the hair is coarse or you are greatly concerned, consult your physician for further guidance.

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