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What is lanugo?

What is lanugo?

Lanugo: Is the fine, downy, soft hair that covers a fetus. It can also be seen on anorexics who have no body fat to keep them warm. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can tell if I have lanugo?

Can i tell me how i can tell if I have lanugo?

Newborn hair: lanugo is the first body hair on a newborn that begins to appear in the 7th or 8 th month of gestation, continues to grow, and is usually shed by 3-4 months postnatally ... ...Read more

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If I shave my babys lanugo, will it grow back even faster?

If I shave my babys lanugo, will it grow back even faster?

Don't do it: Shaving hair, any kind does not make it grow back faster, this is indeed an old wives tale. But please do not touch the lanugo it will go away and would be afraid of any potential harm to shaving a baby.U only have lanugo once. Embrace it. ...Read more

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Anorexia and lanugo now, help me?

Anorexia and lanugo now, help me?

Weight restoration : I have seen even impressive cases of lanugo (which can be dark) go away completely with adequate weight restoration. If you do not become weight restored the lanugo will stay. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of lanugo caused by not eating?

How can you get rid of lanugo caused by not eating?

Lanugo: Lanugo? The dictionary tells us this is downy hair on the body of a fetus or newborn baby. Perhaps you mean something else. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have lanugo hair without being underweight?

Is it possible to have lanugo hair without being underweight?

Yes: Lanugo hair is normal part of gestation, and would sheds out about 35-36 weeks of gestational age. ...Read more

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Why is the fetus (at three months) covered with lanugo (a felt of long downy hair)?

Why is the fetus (at three months) covered with lanugo (a felt of long downy hair)?

Protection of skin: Lanugo functions as an anchor to hold the vernix caseosa on the skin. This combination with vernix caseosa protects the delicate fetal skin from damage from the amniotic fluid. ...Read more

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What race of newborns are usually born with lanugo? Is it common in white newborns?

What race of newborns are usually born with lanugo? Is it common in white newborns?

In all ethnic group: Lanugo just refers to the fine, soft, downy hair on baby skin. Lanugo is from a latin word lana (wool) and only refers to "soft like wool" feel of the first hair. The hair sometime sheds before birth so some babies may not have it, but many do so and happens in all ethnic group. This hair usual sheds off quick--days to max 3-4 month, then normal hair. Have fun learning. Good luck. ...Read more

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