Welcoming a newborn into the family is one of the most amazing things in the world, but at the same time, it's also one of the most terrifying experiences. This is especially true for those who are first-time parents since there are lots of things newborns go through that can be really weird and scary for new parents.
Some of the things babies experience can indicate that they have a serious health problem. But that’s not always the case since there are lots of strange things they experience that are totally normal. Here are 10 things your baby will put you through, and why it'll all be okay.
10 Their Movements Are Jerky
Newborns have a weird way of moving, but that's actually completely normal, and it's usually nothing for parents to worry about. It's simply something that babies do right after they are born.
This happens to both full-term babies and those who are born prematurely. The only difference is those premature babies tend to move like this for a little bit longer since they have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to physical growth. But in most cases, children do eventually stop moving like that. Parents should be concerned if the twitching lasts for more than 10 to 20 seconds, since that can be a sign of a seizure.
9 The New Baby Constantly Sneezes
New babies sneeze a lot, which can be really scary for new parents, but it's another thing that is actually fine. Their sneezes might make their parents think that they are sick, but that usually is not the cause.
New babies tend to sneeze a lot because they are trying to clear out their nasal passages. This is also something they tend to do after one of their nostrils has been closed for a short time. Babies who nurse might do this because one of their nostrils might get closed while they're eating. After they're done eating, they might sneeze in order to open their nostril back up again.
8 Their Head Might Have A Weird Shape
Newborns tend to have oddly shaped heads, which is very alarming for those who are new to the parenting game, but that’s actually very common as well. New babies are still forming when they are born, which is why their heads are a bit soft.
When a new child passes through the birth canal, they can sometimes end up with heads that are a bit oddly shaped. Their heads can become this way after birth as well. Pressure on the back of their head can also cause this to happen. Babies will usually outgrow this, so parents shouldn’t worry much about it.
7 Cradle Cap Happens
Cradle cap can cause some parents to worry, but they shouldn’t since it is generally pretty safe. This condition has a few other names, and one of them is crusta lacteal. The cause of cradle cap is not yet clear, but parents should know that it hardly ever causes babies any pain or discomfort in general. It's also not contagious.
This condition affects some babies who are up to three months old. Cradle cap usually appears as a greasy rash on various parts of a baby’s head, and some parts of it can appear to be yellow.
6 Baby Acne Is Common
Newborn acne can be scary, but that doesn’t mean it is something worry about. Some people believe that this is caused by hormones that are passed on from a mother to her child while the baby is still in the womb.
As alarming as this condition can be, babies are not likely to experience any harm from it. In most cases, this goes away on its own, so it usually doesn't need to be treated. Sometimes this acne can actually appear as a rash. Another name for it is neonatal acne. It can appear anywhere on an infant’s face, but it will usually appear on their cheeks or their nose.
5 The Baby Might Have Lots Of Hiccups
It's normal for babies to hiccup, but this still might seem a bit scary for parents. These things are actually completely harmless, and they might even be a good thing.
While not all growing babies experience them, hiccups are usually a sign that things are going well as far as the child’s physical growth and development goes. Babies usually get hiccups after they have eaten a bit too much, or when they have eaten very fast. Parents can help their babies avoid hiccups by feeding them smaller amounts of food at a time, and they should also avoid putting a wet cloth on their head since that doesn’t help either.
4 Babies Might Have Crossed Eyes
Parents might be alarmed when they see their new baby crossing their eyes, but that is actually nothing to worry about most of the time. This is a normal occurrence, and it will usually stop by the time the child is between 4 and 6 months old.
Their eyes also might wander instead of crossing, which is totally fine as long as it happens when the baby is still very young. If this is still happening after a child has turned six months old, then the child’s parents should definitely have a doctor look into it because it could be something called strabismus.
3 Sometimes Babies Have Spasms
Parents will understandably freak out if they see their newborn having spasms during sleep, but that is okay. This kind of thing is normal, and it's usually called benign sleep myoclonus.
This can cause many new parents to worry because it is rather scary to see, but it’s not usually something serious. If a baby only experiences spasms like this when they are asleep, benign sleep myoclonus is probably the cause of it. But if parents notice that their babys’ eyes are moving rapidly along with these movements, that might be a seizure. If the child turns blue, that is another sign that they are experiencing a seizure instead of benign sleep myoclonus.
2 Parents Might Freak Out When Their New Babies Have a Stuffy Nose
It’s a bit scary when babies have stuffy noses, but it doesn't always mean something is wrong. Estrogen stimulates the nasal passages, which is why this happens.
There are a couple of ways that moms can pass estrogen on to their newborns. Babies can receive it when they are being nursed, and also when they are still hanging out in the womb before they are born. This usually does not last long. It typically goes away by the time the child has reached two months of age. But if a child is flaring their nostrils while doing this, it can be a sign that there is something more serious going on.
1 Their Skin Appears To Be Orange
Seeing a newborn’s skin turn orange is frightening for most parents, but this is not that serious. This kind of condition is called carotenemia, and it typically occurs when a baby consumes a lot of beta-carotene.
Beta-carotene can be found in lots of baby food. Adults don’t experience this condition themselves because it's caused by the way baby food is made. Baby food is usually mashed up, which breaks plant fibers open. Babies who eat an excessive amount of this stuff release it when they sweat, which tends to stain the skin. This changes along with the baby’s diet, and it's never something to be concerned about.