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White hair on infant's head. What is the cause for this?

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Hi, I have a 14 month old girl who has one white hair on her head. Is this normal and what causes this at such an early age?
Posted Mon, 7 May 2012 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 20 hours later

Welcome to XXXXXXX forum ,

Its normal as its only a single hair. It should be a matter of concern if there are more for about one for each 100 hair.
The greying of the hair occcurs due to defect in the melanin production in the hair follicle.
The premature greying of the hair could be due to nutritional deficiencies . Lack of vitamins , proteins and minerals specially copper are the commonest causes.Excess intake of acidic , spicy and oily foods can cause greying.Infections like typhoid too can cause greying. Sometimes premature gryeing of hair can run in families
1.     The premature greying of the hairs can be prevented by consuming Protein containing foods such as sprouted whole grains, cereals, meat and soy in your diet and
• foods XXXXXXX in iron, minerals and vitamin A and B .Foods XXXXXXX in Vitamin
• A are dark XXXXXXX vegetables & yellow fruits. Vitamin B are fresh XXXXXXX leafy vegetables, bananas, tomatoes, cauliflower, cereals, liver kidney, yogurt, yeast and wheat germ .
• Minerals like zinc, iron and copper , zinc - red meat, chicken & XXXXXXX vegetables ,
• iron - beef, dried apricots, red meat, parsley, eggs, wheat & sunflower seeds ,
• copper - sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, crabs and oysters, egg yolk & whole grains,
iodine such as banana, carrots and fish.

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