Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were overjoyed during Baby Sussex’s first appearance this afternoon at Windsor Castle.
The newborn boy was pictured sound asleep in the arms of Harry, wearing a white knitted cap and swaddled in the traditional famous shawl.
In a clip aired on Sky News, Harry said: “He’s already got a little bit of facial hair as well, wonderful,” while a proud Meghan giggled.
But despite the new dad’s joshing, facial hair on a new born baby is not uncommon and nothing to be alarmed about.
Taking to Twitter one royal fan wrote: “Congratulations Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Don’t worry about the facial hair they will disappear as he grows. Enjoy him as much as you can.”
And this is true, the hair found on tiny new babies is not like the hair we have into adulthood
It’s instead known as lanugo – a very thin, soft, downy hair.
It is the first hair to be produced by the fetal hair follicles, and it usually appears around sixteen weeks of gestation and is abundant by week twenty, in the womb.
Although it is often shed before birth at around seven or eight months of gestation, it is sometimes still present when the baby is born.
It then disappears on its own within a few weeks.
Here’s the lowdown on newborn baby hair.
It states on the NHS website that at 40 weeks “the fine hair (lanugo) that covered your baby’s body is now almost all gone, although some babies may have small patches of it when they’re born.”
Something called vellus hair replaces it, covering the same surfaces.
This hair is thinner and more difficult to see.
Then, the more visible hair that persists into adulthood called terminal hair occurs during puberty, forming in specific areas based on hormones.
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