Hi there, Im new here but have been reading on the site for a while.
I have two beautiful daughters - nearly 7 and 4 years. Unfortunately they appear to have developed hypertrichosis at age 4. Nothing like this in the family. Both been tested for all sorts of things and the end result is that they have extra sensitive hair follicles or something like that I feel so sad for them.
7 year old - arms, full legs, bit on upper back, lots of fine long vellus hairs on face not too obvious except for the upper lip and her nose tip.
4 year old - arms, legs, back, shoulders, upper cheeks (eye brows sort of continue down)
Their faces worry me the most, especially my 7 year old. The vellus hairs on her nose tip are getting longer and longer. They are obvious to me especially on her side profile. The odd one is getting darker and she also seems to have a lot of nose hair inside her nose.
What to do when the time comes that its really a problem for her? Every day I am waiting for her to tell me that someone at school has noticed and teased her. No one seems to do electrolysis on children. I absolutely would not allow laser on her face at all after reading how it can react with vellus hairs. But surely with a numbing cream it could be attempted in small doses on a child? I dont want to start rubbing creams and lotions and potions on her face until she is a “suitable age” to do something more permanent. I just wonder why something permanent couldnt be started now and kept going through puberty to hopefully at least partially ease the problem. I have just started doing diathermy on my upper lip (which has hardly any hair there) to see how it feels and it honestly doesnt seem too bad.
Can anyone advise if there is a medical reason why children this age couldnt be helped if the situation required it? Does it make more hair grow for them later down the track or something? Is it just the pain factor? Im just not sure why if the child was happy to try it that it wouldnt be allowed?
Sorry if I am waffling on but I feel a bit desperate about the situation. Just feeling like no one will help them if it all gets out of hand ! Also hope this post is in the right place and acceptable !