February 03, 2014

Grey hairs

      Grey hairs at the age of three is highly unusual, if not impossible. Hair gets its color from a chemical called melanocyte. Melanocytes are produced in the pigment cells at the root of hair. Depletion in melanocyte production causes hair to turn gray.  



Causes:

  • Genetic disorders
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Anemia
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Pollution and chemicals
  • Vitiligo
  • Improper soap or shampoo

      However, it should be kept in mind that grey hair in children at such a young age may actually indicate some other internal ailments. It is, therefore, advisable to investigate this properly by consulting a pediatrician and asking for medical advice. Meanwhile, you can try some of the natural home remedies to treat premature graying of hair. Indian gooseberry (amla) is considered an effective home remedy for gray hairs. Make a concoction of amla powder with coconut oil and lemon extract and apply this on the scalp. Let it be for about half an hour before washing off with water. You can also make a paste of bay leaves and buttermilk and apply it on the scalp. Leave it for about 15-20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Another useful remedy is margosa (neem) oil. Apply this herbal oil on scalp and hair to prevent premature graying.

     A planned diet can also help fight premature graying of hair. Make the child eat healthy and nourishing food. Include the following items in the meals - leafy vegetables, oranges, and yellow fruits (source of Vitamin A); tomatoes, cauliflowers, cereals, and bananas (source of Vitamin B); meat, eggs, seafood, and whole grains (source of minerals); Vitamin B12 rich foods; and protein-rich foods like cereals and soy. If vitamin deficiency or malnourishment is the reason for gray hairs in the child, a diet of these foods should bring back the balance.

    Grey hair can even be an indication for improper protein synthesis. Melanin is the color pigment present under the skin of the scalp which gives the hair its color. Some conditions can alter or slow down the production of melanin and cause premature graying of hair; these include constant tension, worries, and prolonged periods of stress, deep sorrow, shock or malnutrition. The mentioned tips below will help you to prevent further graying of hair, however if your graying is due to some medical conditions or disease of the scalp then consult a specialist for immediate help to prevent further graying.

Source:   Health ClubPicture

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