As a new parent, if you’re not sure what to expect, some of the things your baby does may be surprising! Here are a few common newborn concerns that may seem troubling at first but are actually perfectly normal.
Sneezes & hiccups
Newborns tend to sneeze more often than adults. This is a natural reflex that helps them clear their tiny nasal passages which can become easily clogged. It is also normal for babies to hiccup frequently, even when it causes their whole body to react. While hiccups may be an annoyance to adults, most babies hardly seem to notice and may even have several episodes per day.
It is normal for newborns to have dry, flaky skin and you will likely see their skin peeling throughout the first three weeks. This can be expected since your little one was soaking in mom’s belly for months before their arrival. After the first few weeks, their skin should start to exfoliate on its own and much of the dryness will disappear. Newborn skin actually doesn’t require much maintenance and there is no need for additional products. When cleaning, gently cleansing your baby’s skin with water is all that is needed.
Crusty eyes are no cause for alarm. Like their small nasal passages, newborn tear ducts are so tiny they can become easily blocked. A clean, warm washcloth and gentle massage of the area will help. It is also normal for your baby’s eyes to cross in the first several months as they learn to control their eye muscles.
Your baby might make faces or look uncomfortable while having a bowel movement and that’s completely normal. There are a lot of muscles involved in helping stool make its way out of the body. Normal breast milk stools are yellow, loose, and seedy. If they are constipated, stools will appear hard.
This covers only some of the common newborn concerns that can arise. A great resource for further information is healthychildren.org. You can also view our Newborn Healthcare Guide or schedule a complimentary Newborn Talk to meet with one of our providers before your baby is born. Remember, there are no “dumb” questions when it comes to the health of your newborn. Feel free to bring lists if needed! We are here to help on this exciting new journey!