|Welcome Doctors, Nurses, and other health professionals. You
may be visiting us out of curiosity, for research purposes,
or by chance. The question we are asked the most about bearded
babies is "Isn't this a simple case of hypertrichosis?"
The answer is a resounding "NO!" Let us never see pictures like these
It is a fact that every human fetus grows a soft layer of
thin hair in the womb. As Dr. Stephen Juan tells
us, this hair forms on the upper lip when the fetus is
about 5.3" long and 6 ounces in weight. The hairy coating,
called "languo," is usually gone by the time the
baby is born--with beardlings, it is simply shed in all places
other than the facial area.
The phenomena of bearded babies is not to be confused with
the condition of hypertrichosis
or hursutism. Hypertrichosis
treatments, such as laser
therapy or depigmentation, are sometimes used to cover
up baby beards, but these treatments have undesirable side-effects,
such as skin rashes and even lesions.
In an over-zealous effort to comply with parental wishes,
many doctors have been quick to inflict these cover-up treatments
on tender babies.
Consider the alternatives to rough medical treatments: let
the beard grow. This seems radical in the face of tradition,
but with the dawning of this new millenium, a new attitude
towards bearded babies must be developed.
A beardling will almost always be gifted with facial hair.
In some cases, male beardlings lose their beards much later
in life, as a consequence of androgenetic
alopecia, or male
pattern baldness. Female beardlings may also suffer from
facial-hair loss during their later years, although this is