Suggest Remedy For Excessive Hair Growth
My daughter turned 3 last month. I noticed that she is having dark hair all over her body. I tried to help the situation by massaging her with home remedies like turmeric-oil, lemon-honey mix etc etc... but since she is small, she is not letting me massage these ingredients and making her take bath is also difficult.
Please suggest any ointment/lotion or oil which will get rid of her body hair permanently through massaging. Else please suggest any other simple, hassle-free but effective remedy.
Hair distribution is genetically determined
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Dear Ms XXXX
I assume you meant 3 years of age.
Facial and body hair is determined by your baby’s genes and there isn't much you can do to remove it. It's true that some mums worry about excess body hair for cosmetic reasons, but you might notice it less as your beautiful baby grows,
Elders and well-meaning relatives may recommend traditional home remedies to remove hair. Some say applying ubtan, made from gram flour (besan) and turmeric (haldi) or a paste of wheat flour (atta) in raw milk and XXXXXXX water is helpful. But, though these remedies are quite common, there is no scientific evidence to prove they really remove, reduce or retard hair growth. Rubbing atta or ubtan may temporarily remove fine hair but after a while, you will notice hair growing back in.
Vigorous washing and scrubbing isn't a good idea either. It won't help and it could irritate your baby's sensitive skin. Ubtan can be abrasive in nature and may cause skin allergies, rashes or even bruises.
Besides, you may have noticed that applying the paste, letting it dry and then rubbing or washing it off is an experience your baby doesn't enjoy too much.
It might help to speak to family members caring for your baby or your baby's maalishwali about these things as well.
Dr Deepak Kishore
Consultant Pediatric Surgeon