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5 weird and 'worrying' things about your newborn which are totally normal

5 weird and 'worrying' things about your newborn which are totally normal

We just read this article in the Mirror and we had to pass it on.

Your sweet little bundle of joy has some surprises in store for you!

There are only so many pregnancy and baby-related facts a mum-to-be can realistically absorb.

So no matter how much information you devour, parenthood - especially the first time round - tends to have a few surprises up its sleeve .

There are several mini-bombshells and revelations which happen in the wake of a newborn bundle of joy's arrival.

These are often quite weird and potentially unsettling for a first-time parent, so to help put your mind at rest, Smart Parenting explains what these things are - and how they're actually totally normal for your baby.

1. Cross-eyes

It's naturally a given your baby is the cutest, cleverest baby to have ever existed BUT in those less subjective moments you may notice your newborn is slightly cross-eyed.

2. Baby acne

We tend to associate infants with baby-soft skin, but the truth is this isn't the case for many newborns.

Many infants develop baby acne within the first month of life, according to Mayo Clinic.

Typically baby acne looks like small, red bumps on your baby's cheeks, nose or forehead as well as small, white bumps on their face, which are called milia.

Again, there's no need to worry - your little one’s complexion should clear up within three to four months, leaving no scars.

3. Crusty, scaly scalp

Resembling a case of extreme dandruff with crusty, scaly patches of skin on the scalp, cradle cap is a common condition with infants.

While it may look unpleasant - and can even reach the eyebrows - parents needn't get unduly concerned about cradle cap.

"Cradle cap is not contagious and it isn't an indication of poor hygiene. Most of the time, it just goes away on its own," said KidsHealth. Reassuringly, it doesn't cause your baby any discomfort or itchiness, so you can gently try to loosen and remove it with baby shampoo.

If the cradle cap is accompanied by an itchy-looking rash and hair loss, then seek advice from your doctor.

4. Exploding, green poo

Come on, no informational about babies would be complete without a section on poo.

Yes, your baby's sweet little bottom is capable of truly vile things - namely, green explosive poo.

"The truth is the 'normal' for babies is pretty varied. From liquid poop to pasty poop, they can all be acceptable and safe," explains pediatrician Dr. Rosanne M. Sugay.

Newborn poo is a veritable rainbow of various colours, from green to yellow to light brown. Brace yourself, for your baby's first bowel movement too: menconium stool is tar-like and black.

Hard and small stools, stools that are black, white or red in colour and stools with mucus in are, however, cause for concern.

5. Swollen private parts and discharge

Many babies, both boys and girls, are born with swollen genitals.

"Your baby is born with extra fluid in her body. This collects in your baby's genitals, causing swollen labia in girls or a swollen scrotum in boys," according to BabyCenter.

"Your baby girl's vagina may also be swollen from receiving your hormones while in the uterus."

The swelling should go down after a few days when your baby starts to lose all that excess fluid.

If it doesn't, and if it's accompanied by pain, redness or if your baby cries when he or she urinates, then contact your doctor.

It's also normal and very common for baby girls to have discharge and bleeding after birth, as babies still have hormones in their body left over from being in utero for nine months.

 

Remember to take a look at our Baby section for more information and advice HERE 

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