He was in his birthday hirsute.
Doctors were flabbergasted after a boy in India was born with thick, dark hair covering more than half of his body, as seen in photos currently going viral online.
The unidentified mother had given birth to the tufty tyke at CHC Bawan in Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh. While the birth transpired without incident, doctors were quick to note that the baby had dark locks blanketing over 60% of his body, Jam Press reported. The alarming images reveal a thick carpet of hair blanketing the baby’s back. However, local medical staff were initially stumped by the tot’s condition.
The newborn was subsequently referred to specialist Dr. Ikram Hussain — who diagnosed the child with giant congenital melanocytic nevus, a “skin condition characterized by an abnormally dark, noncancerous skin patch,” according to MedlinePlus.gov.
Occurring in approximately 1 out of 20,000 infants worldwide, this discolored patch “usually grows at the same rate the body grows and will eventually be at least 40 centimeters (15.75 inches) across,” per the experts. “The surface of a nevus can be flat, rough, raised, thickened, or bumpy; the surface can vary in different regions of the nevus, and it can change over time.”
The National Library of Medicine adds that the “skin of the nevus is often dry and prone to irritation and itching (dermatitis)” while “excessive hair growth (hypertrichosis) can occur” — as was the case with the aforementioned tyke.
Upon hearing about the boy, many locals reached out to his family, so they could see the condition for themselves.
Unfortunately, giant congenital melanocytic nevus’ complications are more than just cosmetic — while not deadly in and of itself, the affliction can increase the risk of skin cancer.
It can also cause skin-producing cells to form in brain and spinal tissue, which can result in headaches, vomiting, seizures and even brain tumors.
The boy is not the first tyke to be born with excessive hair. In November, a teen in India went viral after disclosing how he suffered from a rare condition called hypertrichosis, which caused him to sprout “werewolf” fur all over his body.