Dermatology Expert Forum
EXCESS HAIR IN YOUNG CHILD
About This Forum:

This forum is for questions regarding Dermatology issues, such as: rashes, acne, birthmarks, skin infections, rosacea, and general skin care. All questions will be answered by a medical professional.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

EXCESS HAIR IN YOUNG CHILD

I have a 4 year old adopted child from China, who has excess hair on her body. In addition to upper lip hair, she has hair all over her forehead (it's covered entirely with fine black hair) , on her back, legs, and even the back of her ears. For now it's not too much of an issue, but it will be in a few year's time. How young can one consider laser and other methods of hair removal. Is she too young for creams?   At what age does one become concerned about an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I have no way to trace heritage. Additionally her head hair doesn't seem to want to grow much beyond chin level. And she has a triple crown!  Help!
Related Discussions
242489_tn?1210500813
This condition should be evaluated by a pediatrician or pediatric dermatologist familiar with uncommon skin ailments in children.  Of the syndromes listed in textbooks, your child's sounds most like this one:

Prepubertal hypertrichosis  
Prepubertal hypertrichosis is seen in otherwise healthy infants and children. The distribution is generalized and becomes more obvious during childhood. There is involvement of the face, proximal extremities and back; hairs on the latter location assume an inverted fir tree pattern.

Hair removal would seem appropriate.  Laser treatment can be done in young children as well.  Even if the hair loss is not permanent, getting rid of a lot of it for extended periods may be worth considering.  The doctor who evaluates your child will know about this too.

Best.

Dr. Rockoff  
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank