A baby born with white hair is a rare sight, especially when he or she is not albino. This baby, born in 2015 in Hungary, had a full head of adorable white hair.
Baby Bence weighed over 11 pounds at birth and was born on time, but his head of pale hair was completely surprising.
The nurses even nicknamed him Prince Charming because of his snow white hair.
Doctors explain the reason behind the coloring, with one noting that the hair was “not a sign of illness or prenatal stress.” Bence had no skin pigmentation issues, so the hair color was believed to be temporary.
The Daily News Hungary reports that doctors examined a blood sample for the baby “because of the special pigment shortage.”
Opposing Views reports that Bence’s doctor “concluded that while melanin pigment may be missing in the baby’s hair, there is no sign of any other shortage of pigment on the boy’s body that would determine it to be albinism.”
The hair color has been widely debated, with experts believing it would darken over time and others wondering if there was an underlying health condition. Many believed it could be an early sign of albinism.
Some commenters weighed in with their opinions and experiences, such as one who noted: “It can be an indication of albinism. It may look really pretty but could be bad for the child. It can be under diagnosed. One of my grandchildren has yellow albinism. It was brought to our attention by the eye doctor when he was 2. He is now 12 and is considered legally blind.”
Another shared: “Uh there is different types of albinism, my daughter was born with hair like that, guess what she has dirty blonde hair now and has some pigment but she has albinism. Some consider this completely normal.”
Still another explained her experience and how things are ‘perfectly normal’: “My little girl’s hair was white when she was born and very thick like [this]…it still is white and keeps getting thicker. She was tested for albinism and has genetics tests ran on her and she is perfectly normal!”
This is similar to a baby born in 2016, named MilliAnna, who had a streak of white hair. In her case, it was genetics, as the trait was also seen in her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In MilliAnna’s case, the hair color was considered to be a very rare trait called Poliosis, which results in a colorless patch of hair and often the skin around it.
MilliAnna’s mother explained: “We are unsure how far back the birthmark goes as my grandmother was adopted as a child and hasn’t met her biological family. I was hoping she did have it. My younger sister that my mother had a few years after me didn’t get it, so I didn’t know if MilliAnna was going to, but once I had her and they laid her on my chest and I saw she had it I was so happy.”
A happy ending for a family continuing their hereditary white hair condition!
"Baby Bence weighed over 11 pounds at birth and was born on time, but his head of pale hair was completely surprising. The nurses even nicknamed him Prince Charming because of his snow white hair."