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Why does the newborn look so weird?

Why does the newborn look so weird?


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Few newborns can participate in a beauty contest, which is not at all surprising if you think about what they had to achieve at birth. But is it normal to have the head so sharp and the genitals so inflamed? We describe below how a newborn should look and why he looks so weird.

Physical characteristics
Newborns have large heads, short legs and dilated torsos. In fact, they can resemble E.T. Because, on average, a newborn spends about 12 hours of labor, his or her head may be deformed or sharpened (children born through Caesarean section do not have the head twisted or sharp).
You do not have to worry about the so-called fountains (soft spots) in your baby's head.

These are actually openings in the skull of the fetus that allow the bones to adjust the size of the head to take place on the canal during birth.
The back fountain closes in about 4 months, while the peak is closed only between 9 and 18 months. Also, you should expect the baby's genital organs to be swollen due to the excess female hormone she receives from the mother just before birth. His face could also be swollen, which is also due to the trauma during labor.
The baby's hands and feet can be strangely short. This is perfectly normal. She has spent so much time crammed into her mother's womb that she needs a few days to adjust to freedom after birth. The baby will relax a week or two after giving birth. During this period he feels better when wrapped.
The skin of newborns differs from one to another depending on how advanced the pregnancy was at the time of birth. Children born prematurely have thin skin, which can be covered in some cases with lanugo (fine hair). It can also be covered with a whitish substance that protects the sensitive skin of the fetus while it is in the amniotic fluid. The more advanced the pregnancy, the less lanugo it will have on the body. His skin can be cleansed within the first two, three days after birth.
Children are born with white skin, slightly rosy (from the blood vessels that are still visible through the baby's thin skin). Pediatricians claim that the color of your child's skin actually develops during the first year of life.
About 30-40% of the newborns have small white or yellow spots on their face that look like baskets. They disappear in three or four weeks without any treatment.
Birth signs are also very common. They appear in various shapes, colors and sizes and anywhere on the body of the child. Certain signs do not appear immediately after birth. They can appear within a few days or even weeks. Most are harmless and disappear within a few years, but they are also permanent birthmarks.
If your baby's skin gets a yellow tint in the first few days of life, it means he has jaundice. Do not be scared! Over half of the newborns have this disease. It will disappear in about a week in children born at term, while those born prematurely may last longer.
As for hair, you may have surprises. Even if both the mother and father of the child are brown, the baby may have red or blond hair. Also, the child may not have hair at all. The hair color of the baby is defined later, which is why it often happens that the newborn's hair does not resemble the hair of any parent. This applies not only to the color of the hair, but also to its texture.
Even the color of the eyes is not clear from the beginning. Caucasian children usually have blue eyes, so-called "milk eyes", which will change during the first weeks or even months of life.
Problems related to the skin condition will be remedied until the child is 6 months old. The umbilical cord dries and falls leaving room for a tummy tummy. After the first days of life he will begin to gain weight very quickly (between 100 and 300 grams per week), which means that he will be fuller, his skin will turn pink and start to look like a real baby. .
Even if you initially had a lot of hair, it may start to fade in the first weeks of life. Don't be scared because another one will grow in place, though it may not be the same as the one you had at birth.
Alina Pavel