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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Graying Hair

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Gray hair
Question: I recently found about 20 gray hairs on the head of my 5.5 year-old daughter. They are in one general location, but aren't so clustered as to be birthmark or injury-related. My husband and I are in our mid-thirties, and we have our share of gray, but this is ridiculous! Is this a sign of something serious? Should we be worried? It seems silly to go in to our family doctor for something like this, and my search of the literature turned up nothing.

Answer: If it is not generalized it probably is of no concern. However, she should have her thyroid function checked to be safe. Also, if she has any hair loss, either generalized or patchy, this needs an immediate physician visit.
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