Your little of bundle of joy may not necessarily be a squeaky clean angel when he comes out. Newborn babies, of course, are still developing human beings, and are very much prone to infection, so here are some things you may notice about them. These shouldn’t be a cause for worry though! We share the probable causes and tips and how to deal with them.
If you had a normal delivery and you notice these, consult your pediatrician as your baby may be suffering from an infection as she passed through the birth canal. Antibiotic eye drops may help clear this infection. The crying may also be because the tear ducts aren’t functioning well yet. You may want to try applying a warm compress or perform a gentle massage around the eye area to help open the tear ducts.
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2. His eyes stay fixed in one position even when you turn his head.
Relax. This is what is called a baby’s “doll’s-eye response.” Expect this eye behavior to go away after about 10 days.
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3. Red or dry patches of skin on his scalp.
This is a common condition among babies called cradle cap. Try applying baby oil on the affected areas and rinsing with water.
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4. Soft parts on his head.
Because newborn babies’ skulls aren’t fully formed yet, they have these soft parts called fontanelles. These are commonly found at the top of his head and at the back. This should be completely closed in about two years.
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5. Pimple-looking marks on face
This isn’t a case of baby acne. These blemishes or bumps are called “milia,” and they’re fairly common among newborn babies, because of sweat glands that haven’t fully developed. This should abate in about six weeks.