Premature Baby With Luscious Locks Due To Rare Condition Goes Viral
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A baby with luscious locks owed to a rare condition has gone viral. Check the little guy's mane out here:
Jaxon-James Ayers was born eight weeks premature, arriving surprisingly early and surprisingly hairy.
JJ (as I hope he is known) is now three months old, and his hair has continued to grow at an accelerated rate on both his head and across the rest of his body.
Shortly after arriving on this Earth - in Northern Ireland, to be precise - he was diagnosed with a rare congenital condition called hyperinsulinism, which affects around one in every 25,000 to 50,000 newborn babies.
The condition causes unregulated insulin secretion from the beta-cells of the pancreas, and in order to keep Jaxon-James' sugar levels in a healthy state, he must have regular feeds and medication known as Diazoxide.
But a side effect of this medication is hair growth, which has resulted in him having far more on top than the average baby boy.
Mum Shannon Ayres said she loves to show him off, but was stunned by the scale of the reaction when she shared pictures on him on social media.
She said: "Jaxon-James was born eight weeks premature so we were very surprised that he had so much hair. He has hair on his arms and legs also.
"People are always shocked when they see him and the amount of hair he has. Some people would joke that he will be ready for a haircut soon.
"I started posting him on social media after he was born.
"I feel like any other parent that has just had a newborn, I feel proud and wanted to show him off to the world."
Remarkably, some people accused Shannon of doctoring the photos - which says a lot about the world we live in today.
Generally though, the reaction has been positive.
She said: "I really didn't expect for any of my content to go viral, but yes it's all about his hair and people were so surprised.
"Like anything on social media you have to expect the bad with the good. I sometimes get accused of drawing on his eyebrows and using a filter for his hair.
"I honestly found this funny. But overall the reactions have been lovely."