After the initial euphoria of receiving your newborn baby has settled down, it’s time to get into the role of parenthood. Unlike older children, newborn babies look, feel and behave differently. Here are common concerns that parents have, while observing their baby.
What’s normal in newborns?
BREATHING: Newborn babies have a highly irregular breathing pattern. They may even stop breathing for a second or two. This is normal and is no cause to worry. Check with your doctor if the pauses are too long. Babies may also have a noisy breathing that gets louder in the night and early in the morning. Sneezing and snoring is normal.
STOOLS: During the initial few days, your baby may pass dark, greenish colored sticky stools. This initial stool is called meconium, which is present at birth in your baby’s bowels. It may be 3 to 5 days before your baby ‘s stool changes color to yellow. Some babies may strain and scream before passing stools. Don’t worry; it’s just their style.
HEAD: Your newborn baby may have an uneven and elongated head. Some babies may even have a swelling on one side of the scalp. It’s called a cephalhematoma and is due to bleeding under the scalp during birth. These swellings may take a few weeks to disappear. Do not massage the swelling.
BREASTS: It is perfectly normal for babies, both male and female to have swollen breasts during the first few weeks after birth. Leftovers of the mother’s hormones in your baby can cause these swellings. Make sure you leave them alone. Do not massage or attempt to pinch or squeeze out these breasts. You may end up causing an infection.
BIRTHMARKS: Most babies have some birthmark or the other. The most common are blue patches usually seen on the lower back of babies. They fade away on their own in due course of time. Most birthmarks fade away within 6 to 10 months.
RASHES: During the first week, it is common for babies to develop a red, pimple like rash all over the body, predominantly on the cheeks. These are normal and settle down within a few days.
LIP BLISTERS: Some babies develop a white blister on the lip. It doesn’t hurt your baby and is normal.
BLEEDING: Female babies may have some vaginal bleeding and white discharge. These are due to the remnants of the maternal hormones and may last even for a week.
SLEEP: It’s normal for babies to go through long stretches of sleep. You don’t need to disturb them. Feed them when they are ready.
Lastly, it’s perfectly normal for babies to sleep through the day and sing through the night.
Welcome to parenthood.