With her wrinkled skin, pimples and squinty eyes, you’re a little, if not a lot, disappointed with your baby’s appearance. Above all, do not feel guilty: a newborn is often ugly.
It has buttons
Just born, your baby already has small red pimples on his face. Some may even form sebum and look like the small blisters typical of adolescents.
Do not worry, this manifestation is caused by an elevated hormone level. It heals naturally and stops at the end of the first month. Just apply its usual moisturizer.
Ditto for the small white dots that can be located on the nose, forehead and chin. This is the milium.
In these two cases, no treatment is necessary. Do not try to pierce the buttons. If you have any doubts, seek advice from midwives, nurses or pediatricians.
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He is all hairy
Your newborn baby’s whole body can be covered with a fine down. Do not be surprised, it is the lanugo, the hairs that protected him while he was still a fetus.
This hairiness is mainly concentrated on the forehead, shoulders and back. It will disappear during its first months of life.
He has a white tongue
When he yawns, you can see his little red tongue. Except that there, your baby’s looks very white. This is a normal reaction. Indeed, there may be a little milk on his tongue.
However, your doctor will check that it is not small mushrooms (lily of the valley). This small inconvenience will be resolved when the salivary glands work better, after three months.
He has blisters on his lips
Some infants see small blisters appear on their upper and / or lower lip.
You should not pierce them, they are called “sucking” blisters.
Rest assured your child does not feel any discomfort, and they will go away on their own.
His skull is deformed
Your baby’s skull may have a weird shape. This is normal, it must have crept into your pelvis and vagina.
Depending on the duration and difficulty of expulsion, his skull may be elongated (sugar loaf) or asymmetrical, or present a lump.
It will regain a beautiful rounded shape a few days after childbirth.
He has cradle cap
These are yellow, fatty patches that are encrusted on his scalp. To end it, it’s simple, coat each crust with petroleum jelly. The ideal is to let the product rest a little.
Massage the scalp to loosen the plaques, then shampoo with a neutral pH. Repeat the operation every two days until they disappear.
You have finally seen your infant’s eyes, he just opened them. But it looks like he’s squinting, and that worries you.
There can be two explanations:
- either he has a slight strabismus who will correct himself naturally when he knows how to better coordinate his eyes.
- either it’s just an optical effect since the part between the two eyes is still quite flat.
He has chest
Still under the influence of maternal hormones, your baby (girl or boy) may have swollen breasts. Sometimes you may even observe a flow of milk.
Do not try to touch or squeeze her breasts. These symptoms will disappear over the first few weeks. Do not hesitate to seek the advice of your doctor.