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One of the most anticipated moments by all pregnant women is the one in which labor ends and the baby is in their arms. At that moment they can finally see his face, touch him, kiss him and give him affection, but they realize that the newborn baby does not have that pink and round appearance of the commercials. It appears bloated, its skin is wrinkled, and it is covered in a whitish, oily substance.
To avoid worrying or being surprised the first time you see your baby, it is convenient that you know how newborns look like:
- Baby's skin: until your skin is rosy, smooth and transparent it will take a few days. Babies are born with wrinkled skin and may even have little white spots on their faces that disappear over the days. If you suddenly start to appear red pimples, do not panic, it is a toxic erythema, which comes out as a reaction to the contact of the skin with the air. Even the fat from breastfeeding can cause neonatal acne that is popularly known as fattening.
- The appearance of the newborn's head- The pressure exerted by the birth canal on the baby in the process of birth can cause its head to be conical in shape. If the delivery is instrumental and forceps are used, this elongated shape is much more likely. The head becomes rounded in the days following delivery.
It also has what are called fontanelles, they are soft spaces in the newborn skull because the bones are not totally united. In this way, her head has been able to adapt to the birth canal. They will be closed over the months, generally at 18 months they are already closed.
- Baby's eyes: For the first few days after delivery, the baby's eyes look puffy. The color of their eyes was defined at fertilization, however, the final color will not be visible until the baby is five or six months old. There are babies who are born with dark eyes and then eventually become light. In the same way, during the breastfeeding period, the baby's eyes may be gray or dark blue and then over time change to a definite brown color.
- The newborn's nose- Many babies have a nose that resembles that of boxers, it is swollen, even lopsided. This changes in a few days.
- The baby's umbilical cord: At the end of the expulsion stage, the gynecologist will cut the umbilical cord and clamp the end of the baby so that it heals and finally falls. In a week or two, the cord will gradually turn black and eventually only the belly button will remain. Many parents are apprehensive about this baby wound. Do not be afraid to clean it, the baby does not hurt, just warm water or 70% alcohol and let it dry in the open air to keep it free of infections.
- Newborn hair: many babies are born with hair on their back, shoulders, or ears. This hair is usually very fine and is known as lanugo. It disappears over the weeks.
- The baby's mammary glands: Due to the hormones that the mother transfers to the baby, newborns can have large mothers for their size and even these can produce milk droplets, it happens to both boys and girls.
Once the first weeks after delivery have passed, your baby will begin to adopt a rosy appearance, with smooth and soft skin, with eyes that increasingly seek yours and limbs that will be exercised to be able to perform more movements and actions each time. complicated.
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