You've likely gone to great lengths to prepare yourself for the little bundle in your life – your baby. So, how many videos did you watch and how many websites did you browse through? Do you feel confident enough to take on parenthood after turning through the pages of as many child care books as possible? Hold on! The sweet little bundle is a BIG surprise and, you still have a lot of lessons to learn.
Do not panic and rush to the pediatrician every time you notice something weird about your baby because these signs could be the normal aspects of growing up! Read on to learn more about five of the most common and confusing baby phenomena, as reported by Todays Parent.
Does my baby have boobs?
You might notice that your baby is born with boobage and if you are a new parent, it might freak you out. Relax! Your baby has spent nine months inside the womb and in that time, your body was preparing you for lactation, hence leading to the development of your breast tissues. So, it is normal for babies exposed to these hormones to develop seemingly big boobs. These will go away once the hormonal effects wear off. If you notice a small quantity of milk being secreted, it will also disappear with the hormone. So, your pediatric visit can wait!
My baby sneezes a lot
Are you feeling uncomfortable with how often your baby sneezes, and how those sneezes tend to go on for a while? Give the little one some time to adjust in this world. Everything around them is new thus making the infant extra sensitive. So, this sneezing occurs whenever any foreign particle goes inside the nose, or simply because the baby is trying to expel the extra mucus from his nasal passage.
However, do visit a pediatrician if your baby has a noticeably puffy nose accompanied by sneezing, as this might be a symptom of an allergy.
My baby seems to be perpetually hungry
Breastfed babies tend to eat more often than a formula-fed baby, as breastmilk is easy to digest. Thus, the baby is hungry more often. Moreover, the newborn has a lot of growing up to do and in the first six months, their weight is expected to double. So, he or she is obviously going to be perpetually hungry to meet the needs of their growing spurts.
My baby's hands and feet feel cold
Before speeding up the regulator or wrapping your baby with double layers of blankets, check if their torso feels the same as their hands and feet. If the torso is warm and pink, it means your little one is perfectly fine. Since the circulatory system is still in the developmental stage, blood flow to vital organs is prioritized over hands and feet. Within a few months, the system will start adapting with the surrounding and with the increase in his activities, the chilly and pale look will fade away.
Is my baby's head shaped oddly?
While you have struggled to give birth to the baby, the baby also had to fight to come into this world, through the narrow birth canal. The baby's head is soft and malleable so it can squeak through your pelvic bone, and this can also be the cause of some flattening. In many cases, a baby who spends too much time lying on their back can also cause this. So, before you question your pediatrician, wait a few weeks, try to increase his tummy time, and hold your little one more in your arms.
My little baby boy has swollen genitals
While not all babies are born with swollen genitals, it is normal for your baby boy to exhibit some particularly enlarged private parts. Much like the "boobs" some babies develop, this particular case can be attributed to the hormones coursing through pregnant mommy's body. Or it can be some extra fluid around the sacks. Whatever it is, the baby will eventually pee it out and you won't have to seek out the expert opinion of your pediatrician.