All the books and articles have prepared you for pregnancy, labour, delivery and endless feeding. Now it is time to find out about red patches, sneezing bouts, weird groans and other such things no one told you about.
- Purple Feet: The first time you lay eyes on your newborn’s tiny hands and feet don’t be alarmed if they are a bit purple. It takes a while for the circulatory system to send oxygenated blood to the entire body.
- Heavy Breathing: It looks like your baby is having difficulty in breathing. They may breathe in jerks or even pause sometimes. Babies take a while to get into a regular breathing pattern.
- Mysterious Poop: The colour of your baby’s poop worries most of the new parents. As long as it is loose yellowish- green liquid with a few grains you are fine. If you see any blood traces in it, you should show your baby to a doctor.
- Swollen Breasts and Genitals: Your baby was exposed to the same hormones that drove you crazy during pregnancy. This causes breast tissues or genitals to swell up. Don’t worry. It goes away in a few weeks as the hormones wear off.
- Groaning Sounds: Don’t get embarrassed if your baby snorts, groans or makes other funny noises. It is just the mucus that’s trapped in his nasal passage. Regular cleansing of the nose will help in removing all the mucus that is stuck in the passage.
- Sneezing Bouts: Your baby goes into bouts of sneezing sometimes as they are sensitive to the new environment around them. Sneezing helps them to get rid of the mucus. If sneezing is followed by wheezing sounds from the chest, you should consult the paediatrician.
- Startle Reflex: A sudden movement or noise may cause your baby to jerk or startle. This shows that the nervous system of the baby is developing. These reflexes settle down in a few months.
- Conical Shaped Heads: During normal delivery, the baby is forced to make his/her way out of the birth canal. This exerts pressure on the baby’s head. This sometimes changes the shape of the baby’s head. Using special pillows helps the head to regain a round shape.
- Crossed Eyes: Almost all babies look a bit crossed eyed when they are born. This happens because the baby is still trying to gain control of their eye muscles. They are learning how to focus. It takes a few months before babies get a good control over their eye muscles.
- Baby’s Skin: It might be a bit flaky or may have a lot of hair or red patches on it. Please remember all these problems are temporary. They go away by gentle massaging your baby with baby oil. It takes s few weeks to settle down.
Everyday your baby is growing. These are just a few things for you to keep in mind.