An infant in Hungary was born with a full head of silver hair.
The remarkable baby weighed more than 11 pounds at birth, and he seems perfectly healthy. At the hospital, he’s nicknamed “Prince Charming,” though his real name is Bence.
Doctors thought that Bence might have a form of albinism, a condition that prevents the body from creating melanin. In some cases, albinism can be dangerous, as a lack of melanin can leave the skin completely unprotected when exposed to harmful UV radiation (found in sunlight).
Physicians examined a sample of Bence’s blood, however, and found that he doesn’t have abnormal melanin content in his skin. Babies typically develop melanin as they age; this is why many babies are born with blue eyes and blonde hair, only to see that coloration change dramatically through childhood.
Bence’s strange locks aren’t linked to prenatal stress, either. He’s simply an unusual—and handsome—baby.
Although it’s unusual, some babies are occasionally born with a complete head of hair.
These babies often look remarkably different from their peers, but full hair—or no hair—isn’t a cause for alarm.
Babies grow hair due to variances in their genetics, and even if a baby is born completely bald, hormonal changes that occur after birth can cause a full head of hair to sprout up in a matter of weeks.
Eventually, the baby’s hormones begin to drop off, which prevent the hair from growing as rapidly. Babies will often lose some hair at this point; again, it’s entirely normal. The infant’s new hair may have a completely different texture and color.
This is due, in part, to the different levels of melanin production that stabilize in the weeks and months after birth. Doctors often tell parents that they shouldn’t be alarmed—and if their infants are born with full hair, they should take plenty of pictures, since the locks might not last long.
Some babies are also born with a full set of teeth, although this is even rarer.
About 2,000 to 3,000 babies are born with teeth each year, according to the National Institutes of Health, but most of those infants only have a few teeth on their lower gums.
In 2015, a baby named Alyssa Bailey was born with two bottom front teeth, drawing headlines from ABC and other outlets.
“Right when she first arrived, everybody was just shocked,” the baby’s mother told ABC. “Just like, ‘She has two front teeth? No kidding? Really?’ It was just a big talk about it, you know, in the delivery room.”
From a medical perspective, teeth can be an issue, as they can create choking hazards for young babies.
Doctors often remove them or shave them down to prevent babies from biting at their mouths. Still, while uncommon, natal teeth aren’t typically associated with detrimental health conditions.
In each of these cases, the infants’ strange features alarmed some adults, but they’re simply unusual variances. Babies come in all shapes and sizes—and, as it turns out, at very different stages of development.