5 Unique Facts About Newborns
Everything about Little One will definitely be the center of attention of Mother and Father. Well, so as not to be surprised or confused, let’s look at a number of conditions that seem to occur in adults, but are normal in newborns.
After staying in the womb for about 9 months, a newborn baby will need time to adapt to the outside world. In this process of adaptation, Mother and Father can find their own uniqueness in the body of the Little One, such as dry and crusty skin, with changes in the color of the stool or feces.
5 Unique Facts About Newborns
Before Mother and Father panic because they see things in Little One, here are some unique facts about newborns that need to be known:
1. Dry or crusty skin
Dry and flaky skin is naturally experienced by newborns. Just imagine, your child is in liquid for 9 months before exposed to outside air. Though at this time the entire surface of the skin is no longer moistened by amniotic fluid, even dealing directly with the outside air and wind. Even so, this condition will usually disappear by itself in 1 month.
However, Mother can still eliminate it by applying a special moisturizing lotion for babies, as well as keeping the Little One always hydrated or enough fluids by breastfeeding regularly.
In addition, some babies also experience crusty skin on their heads, resembling dandruff. Mother can clean this crust slowly with a soft-toothed comb.
2. Stool color and frequency changes BAB
Baby’s first stool is generally greenish in color and this is normal. This stool, called meconium, consists of fluid, as well as everything that a baby digests while still in the womb. Uniquely, this stool does not smell because it does not contain bacteria.
Along with breastfeeding, the color of stool will change from green to yellow. This change is common, so you don’t need to worry.
The color of the stool will begin to resemble adults, namely brownish yellow, to dark brown, when your child starts eating complementary foods (ASI).
Aside from color, you don’t need to be confused if Little One doesn’t have a clear bowel frequency. He can defecate 3 times or more per day, but can also be less frequent, for example only once a day or once a week.
This uniqueness occurs because the baby’s stomach is still small and digestion is still developing. But if your baby’s stool is very runny more than 5 times a day, it is recommended to take him to the doctor, because of the possibility of the baby having diarrhea.
3. Breast protruding and erect penis
Normal baby boys and girls have protruding breasts and can even express milk. This happens because of the influence of estrogen exposure from the mother during pregnancy, but it does not need to be suppressed, yes.
Generally the condition of the breasts will return to normal within a few weeks. In baby girls, the influence of hormones also sometimes causes mild menstruation for several days.
In baby boys, the mother can also find that her penis can become erect before she urinates. This is also normal, Mother.
4. Pubic swelling
Male pubic boys (penis and testicles) and girls (vaginal labia), can swell after birth. This condition occurs due to the influence of hormones during pregnancy, fluid buildup during the uterus, and tissue injury that occurs when the baby’s body is born.
Even so, this swelling will disappear in a few days like your little pee. If the swelling does not disappear after 3 months, you should take your child to the doctor to get the right advice.
5. Cry without tears
Crying is the baby’s way of communicating with Mother. However, in newborns, crying may not be accompanied by tears.
This condition occurs because the tear glands have not fully developed and are only enough to moisturize the eye. Just a little will shed tears when crying, when you reach the age of 1-3 months.
Not only that, babies cannot laugh when they are born. Although he can form a curved smile with his lips, Little generally can only laugh when he reaches 3-4 months of age.
In addition to the unique facts above, Mother and Father may also find Little often sneeze, snore, even look like a squint in the early days of his life. These things include how babies adapt to new environments. Even so, if you feel very worried or see your child is uncomfortable, immediately consult a pediatrician.