Hair I am! Baby boy born with thick brown locks becomes a social media star – and his mother says she gets accused of editing her son’s impressive mop
- Jaxon-James Ayers, from Northern Ireland, was born with a full head of thick hair
- The three-month-old was diagnosed with hyperinsulinism
- He was prescribed medication that has a side-effect of accelerating hair growth
- Mother Shannon said people were shocked when they saw pictures of newborn
A newborn baby has gone viral due to his extraordinary thick head of hair after his family shared pictures on social media.
Jaxon-James Ayers, from Northern Ireland, was born eight weeks premature with ‘surprisingly’ luscious locks.
Now three months old, it has continued to grow at an accelerated rate on both his head and across the rest of his body.
His mother 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.
Jaxon-James Ayers, from Northern Ireland, was born eight weeks premature with ‘surprisingly’ luscious locks
Shortly after being born, Jaxon-James was diagnosed with a rare congenital condition called hyperinsulinism that effects around one in 50,000 newborn babies.
To keep his sugar levels in a healthy state, he must have regular feeds and medication known as Diazoxide.
But a side effect of this is hair growth which has led to Jaxon having a ‘much more on top’ than an average baby boy.
Videos of Jaxon shared by his mother on TikTok have racked up hundreds of thousands of views as people are amazed to the extraordinary tot’s hair.
Shannon said: ‘Jaxon-James was born eight weeks premature so we were very surprised that he had so much hair.
The now three-month-old baby was diagnosed with a rare congenital condition called hyperinsulinism. The medication he was prescribed causes accelerated hair growth
His mother Shannon Ayres said people were shocked when she shared pictures of her newborn already with a full head of thick brown hair
‘Hyperinsulinism affects about one in 30,000 babies. His pancreas produces too much insulin which causes his sugar levels to be extremely low and to keep his sugar levels he has regular feeds and a medication called Diazoxide.
‘The side effect to Diazoxide is hair growth, which is why the hair has grown really quickly. 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.
She said she loves to show off her newborn, but was stunned by the scale of the reaction when she shared pictures on him on social media as they went viral
Shannon said overall the reactions on social media have been ‘lovely’ but she has been accused of drawing on Jaxon’s eyebrows and using a filter for his hair
‘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.
‘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.’
WHAT IS HYPERINSULINISM?
Congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI) is characterized by inappropriate and unregulated insulin secretion from the beta-cells of the pancreas.
In CHI, the beta-cells release insulin inappropriately all the time and insulin secretion is not regulated by the blood glucose level (as occurs normally). The action of insulin causes hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemia.
High insulin levels prevent ketone bodies being made. This means that the brain is not only deprived of its most important fuel (glucose), but also ketone bodies which are used as alternative fuels.
How common is CHI?
The estimated incidence of CHI is one in every 30,000. It is much more common in communities where marriage between blood relatives occurs, possibly as frequently as one in every 2500 children.