It’s a very emotional moment when it comes to childbirth. After the process which is taking a lot of efforts, the baby is finally there. All parents must be very happy to see their newborn. The things which usually escape from parents’ attention are the details on the newborn’s body. Some parents when they find these details maybe really worried at first because they don’t know what they are and what they mean, so this article comes with information what parents should know about these details.
The Looks of the Newborn on the Eyes
When the baby is born, he will be usually wrapped in a blanket and then given to you. As you open the blanket, you will see some details which are out of your notice at the moment right after the birth. For example, you can see the color of your baby’s eyes. As we know, most of the Caucasian newborns have the blue eyes, but the color may change during the first year. When the baby’s eyes gradually change to brown, perhaps they became a bit brownish for the first six months. But if they’re still remains blue at the time, they will possibly remain blue permanently. In the other hand, if the baby has dark tone skin, he generally has brown eyes and the color remains the same through his life.
Another detail is the red spot like blood in the sclera (white area of the eye). This spot is mostly caused by the pressure used during the childbirth, like the puffiness of the newborn’s face. Though the parents might be worried because of this, actually this spot will fade away in a couple days. If the newborn were delivered by C-section, the puffiness and the red spot should not have appeared from the beginning.
The Looks of the Newborn on the Skin
The skin of the baby will be looking smooth and subtle after taking a bath and then being dried. The skin will peel and look wrinkled if the baby was born after his due date as a result of losing the creamy like and whitish substance wrapping the skin called the vernix. In contrast, if the baby were born early or on time, he may peel a bit as a newborn because the skin is suddenly exposure to air after the vernix is cleaned away. Skin, which is peeling, is normal for a newborn and need no medication. All kind of babies have lighter-looking skin at birth, but the skin will gradually change to a darker color as they age.
Another detail of the newborn is some fine hair on your baby’s back and shoulder known as lanugo. Until the end of pregnancy, this hair is usually produced and shed before or soon after the birth. It needs a couple weeks for this hair to disappear if the infant was born before the due date.
Some pink spots are also noticeable on the skin of your baby, which usually appear about the edge of the diaper. This may be caused by the pressure. Exposure to cool air usually caused the dotted patches, and they will disappear as you cover the baby.
When the baby’s fingernail is long enough, there will be some scratches on his face or another part of his body because baby likes to scratch his skin when he aimlessly move his hands. It means that you have to trim his fingernails to prevent him from scratching again. This may be hard work for some parents because trimming baby’s fingernails is a bit tricky. Getting some advice about how to trim a baby’s nails from pediatrician or nurse at the nursery will be a good idea. Some birthmarks other than what have been told above maybe appear on your baby, but don’t worry because these will fade without medication although some may be permanent throughout his life.