A BABY left her mum and midwives stunned when she was born with a full head of hair.
Katie Canham says her daughter Dolly is frequently mistaken for a porcelain doll when she takes her out for strolls.
Despite many babies losing hair in their early months, Dolly’s luscious dark brown locks are continuing to grow.
She is five months old today and is already on a strict daily beauty regime to keep her hair under control.
Katie, 32, said: “I have to wash it with baby shampoo every day. And I have to brush it regularly – otherwise it gets out of control.
“It’s so thick, so it gets really knotted. I have to keep on top of it.
“You can do all sorts with it – I put it in a ponytail quite a lot, or just brush it and leave it. I want to let it grow.
“I can’t even explain how much I love it. I am amazed by it.”
Mum-of-four Katie added: “People stop me all the time when I’m out with her.
“So many people have told me she ‘looks like a porcelain doll’ when they’ve seen her asleep.
“One person even stopped me the other day and asked ‘is that a real baby?’
“Her hair is so unique and it’s something that I’m really proud of.
“All my other children had hair but started losing it all after about three months! Hers is completely different.”
Dolly’s bushy hair drops down to her eyebrows and is almost shoulder-length round the sides and back.
Katie, of Hayes in Bromley, south east London, suffered extreme heartburn throughout her pregnancy.
Experts say it is very common for mothers to experience heartburn when they are carrying a hairy baby.
They say the severity of it varies depending on how much hair the baby has – so Katie endured a painful pregnancy.
And her heartburn continued for even longer – as Dolly was 15 days overdue.
She said: “I had really bad heartburn all the way through my pregnancy.
“That’s always one of the questions people ask when they see her.
“It was a nightmare. The pain was horrendous. But it was all so worth it now I have Dolly.”
Dolly’s hair was still incredibly thick when she was a newborn.
Pictures of her at just two days old show her with long hair covering her entire head – to the surprise of her mum.
But Katie said she is not sure where she has inherited it from, as hers did not compare to Dolly’s when she was a tot.
The midwife said she’d never seen anything like it before. She was shocked – she said ‘that’s ridiculous’
She said: “Her dad had quite a bit of hair as a baby, but nothing like this.
We couldn’t believe it when she was born.
“The midwife said she’d never seen anything like it before. She was shocked – she said ‘that’s ridiculous’!
“Usually babies’ hair falls out but hers has just grown thicker and thicker.
“I look at Dolly every day and I can’t get over her hair.
“It really is incredible.”
Former nursery worker Katie, who also has Archie, 10, Ellie, seven, and 18-month-old Reggie, said Dolly is adored by her loved ones.
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She added: “My other children love her so much, and my granddad can’t get over it.
“Every time he sees her he says he can’t take her seriously because it doesn’t look real. Everyone loves her.”
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