Crying, feeding, pooping and sleeping aside, your baby – who’s fresh out of your womb – is undergoing a whole lot of changes. Its growth and development continue even . This tends to show up in the form of some very weird signs and symptoms, some of which you have never even heard of! But there's no need to hit the panic button. This article explores what these signs mean, so you can parent better.
Did you think your baby would only coo and cry? Rest assured you’re in for a whole lot more than that! Babies are still getting accustomed to their new surroundings and will make snoring, groaning, grunting, snorting noises and a lot more! These are no cause for alarm. Your baby’s nasal passages are tiny and still developing and so mucous build up can block these passages causing your baby to make these weird sounds. All you need to do here is use a nasal aspirator to clear out your baby’s passageway.
Have you been noticing eczema like symptoms on your baby? Red rashes and a flaky scalp? Don’t call your doctor in a fit of panic. Your baby has what is called Cradle Cap. No one knows why it occurs, but your baby is not in any discomfort! This usually clears up in a few months. What you can do is keep the affected areas moisturised with baby oil. However, if you do notice it getting worse, or spreading, ask your doctor for a prescription ointment.
Throughout your pregnancy you have been developing a mama bear instinct that will kick in soon as you hear your baby’s first sneeze! That’s normal. Try to remember that your baby is still adjusting to its surroundings and this brand-new life. Your baby is still sensitive and the occasional sneeze is probably them trying to expel a few foreign particles that have made their way into its nasal passage. You will also notice your baby sneeze when taken out into the sunlight. This is not necessarily due to allergens, but could just be them adjusting to the sunlight. If your baby’s sneezes are accompanied by wheezing or if the sneezing persists, then you should probably give your doctor a call.
Yes, there is a very good chance that you might spot a little blood in your baby’s diaper. There is not a parent alive, who would not panic at the sight. It is important to keep in mind that a little blood could be caused by any number of things. Particularly bad diaper rash, a slight abrasion after a difficult bowel movement, or in the case of a baby girl – a mini period.
Remember that your baby was floating in the same cocktail of hormones as you did . These symptoms are extremely common, and will subside as soon as the hormones in your baby’s body regulate themselves.
In the early days after your baby is born you may notice that your baby’s eyes aren’t quite aligned at times. Your baby has been curled up in a dark, cosy, comfortable womb, for quite a while. Give them a little time to get used to light and to develop some muscle control. Their focus should properly develop by 6 months. If, however, you notice a persistent lazy eye, or their eyes wandering perpetually in different directions, consult your doctor immediately.
Like we said, your baby has been experiencing the same hormonal craziness as you have for nine months. This will in most cases, lead to enlarged breast tissues and milk secretion from the nipples. This is fairly common and is no cause for concern. The best thing to do is avoid touching the area till the hormones wear off and the secretion stops. You may also notice swollen genitals which are also a side effect of hormones and will subside on its own.
Give your baby some time to recover and adjust to its new surroundings. Hitting the panic button at every little sign will affect your health and well-being, as well as that of your baby. Be patient, do your homework and you’ll be just fine! Happy parenting!