Having a baby is a truly joyful experience. When the good news comes in, it’s fairly normal for parents to go through countless books and websites to learn everything they can about childbirth and parenting. With so much information at hand, most end up thinking that they’re fully prepared for all that is to come.
However, be it labor and delivery, extensive (and outright tiring) sleepless night, or even the frequent feedings that will be a part of your life for quite a while now, you think you can handle it all. But the downside is that when it comes to crunch time, you’ll find yourself completely lost. This is when the bomb is going to drop on you and you’ll end up realizing that you didn’t learn a thing from those books and websites. Now, if the time has come for you to notice a few weird and scary things about your newborn, don’t run to the ER or the pedi right away. Here’s a list of things that may appear scary to you, but are completely normal in newborns:
15 My baby sneezes a lot
Alright so to get things started, the world is a completely new place for newborns, which is why your little one may be a bit extra-sensitive to most things. This is why your precious little angel may end up sneezing up a storm every now and then – he isn’t sick.
If truth be told, your newborn’s constant sneezing is more so his attempt to rid himself of any tiny foreign particles that may have made their way up his nasal passage. Oh and on top of it all, he may even sneeze a lot in the first few days after his birth to banish extra mucus or amniotic fluid from his nasal passage. However, if your baby is wheezing and sneezing together, make sure that you get him/her checked out by the pediatrician right away as s/he might be suffering from an allergy.
14 Newborn boobs!
Alright umm, that’s a lot of information right? But if truth be told, it is a major concern for most parents. First-time parents with a newborn who has baby boobage can seriously freak out about it.
So what is it that makes babies end up having boobs? Well, remember those crazy hormones that drove you nuts during pregnancy? Well, a few of those hormones may make their way inside your baby’s body too. If truth be told, there are a few side-effects that your baby may experience due to hanging out in your tummy all this time. One of them is that of having, well, boobs. Heck if truth be told, if you have a baby girl, she may even end up having a little period (light pink blood in her diaper), all of which is just her body’s way of getting rid of all those hormones in her body.
13 His movements are so jerky!
Oh yes, we can’t forget this one, can we? Most first-time parents get scared upon seeing their little one having spastic limb flailing and random jerks every now and then. No matter how scary it appears to be, you can relax knowing that it’s completely normal.
With the passage of time, your baby is going to go through a number of developmental changes. One of these is going to include having to work on his startle reflex. The good part is that things settle down in about three to four months, till then, it’s best for you to make good use of your swaddling skills.
12 What’s with all this explosive liquid poop?
Alright, as gross as this sounds, the fact of the matter is that newborns are known to have explosive liquid poop. If anything, there’s no way on Earth for you to be initiated into the whole ‘parenthood’ thing without having to deal with a few explosive poop filled diapers.
Believe it or not, I’ve actually come across parents who have had to clean baby poop off their walls. I know it’s gross, but well, it’s completely normal for babies to have explosive liquid poop – and for good reason.
11 Cradle cap
Yep – those flaky bits of skin are completely gross. However, the fact of the matter is that they are fairly common among newborns. The good news is that it’ll go away fairly soon - within the first few months of your newborn’s life.
Now for the time that your newborn has cradle cap, it’s best for you to rub lots of baby oil onto the patches every other day. To put it simply, it’s believed by experts that mothers should rub baby oil on the patches before taking their baby for a bath, and if possible, use a fine-toothed comb to scrape it off.
10 My baby has an oddly-shaped head
You’re not going to be the only one who will be doing all the work when you give birth; your precious little one is going to be hard at work as well to make his way through the birth canal. With that, the fact remains that a baby’s head is extremely malleable and soft, and that is the reason why it gets a tad bit flattened while passing through the pelvic bone.
However, you need to bear in mind the fact that it isn’t just the delivery phase that gives babies an oddly-shaped head. If your baby lies on his back too much, his/her head can get flattened at the back too!
9 Groaning babies
First-time parents particularly hold the notion that babies are all about occasional crying and frequent cooing. No, there is a whole lot more to newborns than that. As a parent, you will find yourself dealing with lots of snorting, grunting, groaning and a whole lot of other strange noises. However, just because these sounds are weird doesn’t mean they are harmful – they’re not.
So why do children make all these horrible sounds? Well, because newborns have narrow nasal passages, and the mucus trapped in it is basically responsible for these sounds. The best thing to do in such a case is that of using a nasal aspirator to clean out your baby’s nose.
8 Those endless hiccups!
Those damn hiccups are nothing but troublesome, and seeing your baby having seemingly endless hiccups can truly scare parents. To put it simply, there are mere theories about why newborns have so many hiccups and they continue to remain a bit of a mystery.
One of the simplest, most agreed upon theory behind these hiccups is that a newborn’s ability to breathe and swallow isn’t really synchronized. The reason why newborns have these endless hiccups is because they at times try to swallow and breathe at the same time. As your baby synchronizes her abilities, the hiccups will be gone!
7 He’s full of acne!
Also known as ‘baby acne’, newborns at times end up having acne all over their faces, but don’t get too worried about it. This particular bout of acne is nothing more than a rash that has been triggered by those pesky hormones of yours, and will clear up in just a few weeks!
However, the blemishes on your newborn’s face don’t necessarily have to be acne. Tiny white bumps that are there at birth and disappear within a few weeks are known as milia, and they're not related to acne.
6 Blood in diapers!
It is fairly normal for parents to get extremely worried at seeing the tiniest trace of blood in their newborns’ diaper. However, you need to bear in mind the fact that this isn’t really a cause for alarm in most cases as there are quite a few things that may trigger it.
If you have a baby girl, she may have what can be called a ‘mini-period’ as a side-effect of being exposed to her mothers’ hormones in the womb. On the other hand, if your baby has a rough bowel movement, it may lead to a small scratch or cut on the way out. But don’t worry – those bloody diapers will go away soon enough. However, if you’re worried, get an appointment right away!
5 Tons of body hair
Together with having a full head of hair, your precious little angel may even have lots (and lots) of hair on his body. If anything, your little tyke may have tons of hair on his shoulders, back and even the feet!
If truth be told, all that hair is nothing for you to get worried about as it’s fairly normal. The hair is basically known as lanugo and is the first type of body hair made, it plays a vital role in regulating the temperature of the baby in the womb. Don’t worry, it’ll shed off soon enough!
4 Swollen genitals
Alright, this one’s going to be a bit tricky. If you have a baby boy, he may have unusually swollen genitals for many different reasons. These include his exposure to your hormones, and even extra fluid built-up in the sac around his genitals.
In case of baby girls, their labia tends to swell up in particular for the same reasons. This is fairly common and there’s nothing to worry about since your newborn will pee it out in just a few days!
3 A pulsing and bulging soft spot
I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of people telling you to refrain from thumping on a baby’s soft spot. If truth be told, most people who haven’t yet become parents get seriously repelled at the mere thought of the soft spot – and for good reason.
The thing with newborns is that they have a soft spot because of having an extremely bendy skull at birth. This is basically meant to help them make their way out of their mamas. As your baby’s brain pulses in the head, you will notice that the soft spot will bulge and pulse too. With the passage of time, it’s going to harden up and all that bulging and pulsing will go away.
2 Irregular pooping while breastfeeding
With the passage of time, you are sure to realize that your precious little angel has a bowel movement each time that he nurses. Now in terms of the texture of the poop, it may vary between loose to watery and at times even seedy.
However, your baby may stop pooping on a daily basis after a month of being breastfed. At times, your bundle of joy may not poop for up to 7 days. As long as the little ones’ stool is soft once he poops, there’s NOTHING for you to worry about.
1 My newborn just threw up blood!
I understand that seeing your precious little angel throwing up blood is totally going to stress you out, but the fact of the matter is that it isn’t always a cause for concern. Babies at times swallow a bit of their mother’s blood during delivery and then puke it out later on. However, if you are overly worried, get in touch with a doctor right away.