Most mothers-to-be dream of a baby with pink cheeks, flawless skin, and rich thick hair.
Reality, however, can be quite different!
During the first six weeks of their life, many babies maybe cross-eyed, but this shouldn’t make you worry at all! If it continues after the 6th week, consult your pediatrician!
Noises, a lot of noises, during Sleep
Forget the phrase “sleep like a baby”!
Because of the not-matured control center of their breath, newborns, when sleeping, can make a lot of noises that include rattling, whistling and light snoring.
The Moro reflex is an infantile reflex normally present in all infants/newborns up to 3 or 4 months of age as a response to a sudden loss of support, when the infant feels as if it is falling. It involves three distinct components:
- spreading out the arms (abduction)
- unspreading the arms (adduction)
- crying (usually)
The “Kiss of the Angel”
In other words, birthmarks.
All red marks are the result of the blood vessels being too close to the surface of the baby’s skin. When the blood vessel concentration is low, the signs are pink and can be barely seen.
These birthmarks are not dangerous and, in some cases, they disappear as the baby gets older.
Embryos, while being in their mother’s womb, are covered by a layer of hair on their back, shoulders, hands and head. That hair is usually shed before birth, but sometimes they are born with it. It goes away by its own and there is no reason for concern.
Baby’s Cradle Cap
It is the common term for seborrheic dermatitis, or seborrhea, and it is a condition that bothers you more than it bothers your baby.
It is usually expressed as dry skin or light dandruff with small (or larger) white / yellowish scales that can become thick and which are slightly greasy in texture.
The Epstein pearls
In a lot of infants, small white cysts with the size of a pin head are observed on the palate.
Those cysts are called “Epstein pearls”.
They are perfectly normal and gradually disappear on their own in 1-2 weeks after the birth of the baby.
Babies with Swollen Breast
Babies are exposed to the same hormones that help mothers produce milk and sometimes those hormones affect them.
Sometimes babies, both boys and girls, can have swollen breast. It is something temporary and it shouldn’t worry you at all.
The tear glands of a baby, located on the outer side of each eye and produce tears, produce just enough liquid to keep the baby’s eyeball wet.
So, that’s why, sometimes, when the baby cries you won’t find any tears on its eyes!
Conical Shaped Head
If you gave birth naturally, you may notice that the head of the newborn has a conical shape. This is because the baby’s skull is squeezed as it comes out of the vagina.
Don’t worry, it will get normal pretty soon.