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How common are albino children?

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According to the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation, only one out of 17,000 children has some form of albinism. Albinism is caused by a severe lack of the pigment melanin.

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The word albino describes a child who has been diagnosed with albinism. Albinism is the term for a group of inherited medical conditions. Children with this disorder have a lack of, or very little, pigment in their skin, hair or eyes.

Albino children can be of any race. Most albino children have parents who have normal eye and hair color for their ethnicity.

It is a myth that all albino children have red eyes. Most of them have blue eyes, although some have brown, hazel, violet or the reddish eyes people associate with this condition.

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