You were at your learning best at all your Lamaze classes and know exactly what’s on the cards – labour,delivery,breastfeeding and ah!the sleepless nights.But what about the cradle caps, blood in the diaper and wandering eyes?
Before you go running to the phone to call the pediatrician, we’ve got the rundown on all the weird, but totally normal, things you’ll soon discover about newborns.
Babies got boobs!
Yes, you heard that one right! Don’t stress, they’re generally nothing to be concerned about and should go away in time.
Remember those crazy hormones that were your hateful companions through pregnancy? (How could you forget?) Well, they had a wee bit of effect on baby too. And, unfortunately, one of the side effects of hanging out in your tummy for nine months can be – well, large breasts. Baby’s exposure to your hormones can often cause breast tissue to develop, since it takes a while for the hormones to wear off.
When to call the doctor:Notice any redness around baby’s breast accompanied by a fever? These symptoms may be a sign of something more serious, and reason to get baby checked out.
Cradle Caps are common
Cradle caps are not the prettiest sight on your little bub, but they’re pretty common. Why do they occur? Honestly, nobody knows for sure. The good news is any dryness or flakiness will usually disappear within baby’s first few months. But for the time being, it is highly recommended for you to rub lots of baby oil on to the patches every alternate day. Experts advice making it a routine before baby’s bath and scraping the caps off with a fine-toothed comb.
When to call the doctor: This will subside soon, but incase you do see the rash spreading beyond the scalp, ask you doctor about a medical ointment that you could apply to reduce the flakiness.
Blood on the Diaper
Spotting even the tiniest trace of blood in baby’s diaper is enough to freak out any new parent; but the truth is, it’s not always cause for alarm. There are many reasons why it may be happening, all of which are temporary. If you’ve just had a baby girl, she may be experiencing some extra side effects from being exposed to your hormones in utero. Have no worries, a “mini-period” is actually pretty common among infant girls going through a little estrogen withdrawal in the days following delivery. The hormones will even out soon enough. Other potential causes: a particularly rough bowel movement may have caused a little scratch or cut on the way out, but the bleeding should fade fast. Was your baby recently circumcised? The blood may be from his healing wound. Make sure to apply Vaseline whenever necessary to ease his pain and be extra liberal about moisturizing it. Same goes if baby has a nasty case of diaper rash.
When to call the doctor: Though it’s probably totally normal, we’re going to give you an out on this one. For the sake of your own sanity, just go ahead and call your doctor to be sure any time you spot blood. Rare is the new parent who can see blood in their newborn’s diaper and actually manage to get some sleep that night.
If you’ve just had a baby boy, you might notice that he has larger than usual genitals, particularly the testes. There can be different reasons for this – his exposure to your hormones, and even extra fluid built-up in the sac around his genitals. No matter the reason, there’s nothing to worry about as your newborn will pee it out in just a few days!
When to call the doctor: If the swelling doesn’t go down within a few days after delivery, you should probably get it looked at, particularly if you’ve got a baby boy on your hands. Boys can develop a condition called hydrocele, which can actually take up to a year to correct on its own.
If truth be told, there are mere theories about newborns who have hiccups, as these tend to remain a bit of a mystery. The simple theory behind these hiccups is that a newborn’s ability to breathe and swallow isn’t really synchronized. The reason why these hiccups get triggered is because babies at times try to swallow and breathe at the same time. As your baby synchronizes her abilities, the hiccups will be gone!
When to call the doctor: If you notice an unusual pattern in swallowing,sucking or breathing – check with your pediatrician what could be causing it.
Say hello to oddly-shaped heads
Is the little bubs’ head seeming a bit oddly shaped. Ah!remember baby’s been working overtime to get down the birth canal. Since baby’s little head is soft and malleable in the beginning, squeaking past your pelvic bone can definitely cause some flattening to occur. If it doesn’t happen during delivery, baby could also get some flat spots later on from lying on his or her back too much. If you notice this, try holding baby in your arms more, or increase tummy time when baby’s awake, and alternate where you place the toys, so he or she doesn’t favor any one side.
When to call the doctor: If you’ve tried everything and baby’s head still seems flat in some places, talk to your pediatrician. He or she may need to wear a temporary helmet to correct the shape of his or her head. Helmets are most effective if worn as early as 4 to 6 months though, so don’t wait too long to speak up if you feel like something’s wrong.
Aaachoooo.. God Bless!
Blame the pollution or the irritation caused from foreign particles,babies are typically found sneezing up a storm even though they aren’t actually sick. Why is that so? Well, because this is their attempt to get rid of any tiny foreign particles that have entered their nasal passage. Apart from that, babies also sneeze quite a lot in the first few days/months to banish amniotic fluid or extra mucus from their nasal passage.
When to call the doctor: See signs of wheezing and sneezing together? Call the doctor to check if it’s an allergy
Diaper Blowouts in shades of mustard
Newborn poop is mostly liquid with some mustard-seed texture mixed in! Well texture, form and shape is all ok until you find yourself scrubbing it off every piece of furniture around the nursery. As long as it has color (ranging from brown to green to yellow) and some seedy particles in it, baby’s poop should be good to go.
Interestingly, From birth to toilet training, a baby goes through an average of 8,000 diaper changes. The average diaper change takes 2 minutes and 5 seconds by mothers, while fathers time in at 1 minute and 36 seconds.
They grunt,snort,snore and more!
Besides the bawling, newborns take out sounds that seem weird and funny most of the times.There’s grunting, groaning, snorting and all sorts of other funny sounds that you’ll hear out of him or her. All those strange noises are caused by baby’s nasal passages being pretty narrow in the newborn stage, leading the mucus that gets trapped in there to create some added sound effects. So if you’ve been hearing a symphony of sounds lately, you may just need to spend more time clearing out baby’s nose with a nasal aspirator.
In the beginning, a slight case of wonk-eye in baby is to be expected. Baby’s still trying to sort out all of his or her newfound abilities, including his or her sense of sight, and it will take some time to gain a little muscle control and hone those focusing techniques. But believe it or not, sometimes even when baby’s eyes may look like they’re crossed, they may not be. Because of a broad bridge of the nose, extra skin folds can mask some of the white parts of baby’s eyes. This can create a sort of optical illusion called pseudoesotropia. So take a closer look: Are baby’s pupils actually lined up and moving together? It may be all in your head after all! (It happens to the best of us.)
When to call the doctor: If baby’s still showing signs of crossed or wandering eyes by 6 months, you should make an appointment to see if something else is at play. If baby’s eyes are chronically wandering off in two different directions, he or she may have strabismus; and if there’s just one eye going rogue, it may be amblyopia, or lazy eye.
Newborn Babies Don’t Shed Tears
They may cry a lot, but the fact of the matter is – newborn babies don’t shed tears. Why? Although the tear ducts and glands are working, they produce just enough tears to lubricate and protect your baby’s eyes. Look for those teardrops to start flowing between 1 and 3 months.
Your baby’s kneecap is made entirely of cartilage.
It won’t even show up on an X-ray for a few years. The cartilage is softer and facilitates growth. After three or so years, bone begins to replace cartilage, and by young adulthood, most of the cartilage is gone.
So next time you catch your new born doing something weird and freaky, calm down – it’s common and happens to every other new born. The fact that their brain account for 10% of their body weight, they are just putting it to good use!