Things You Don’t Need to Worry About in Your Newborn
It is natural to bring a newborn home and then start worrying about his health and wellbeing. You tiptoe into his room to make sure he is still breathing. You call the pediatrician if he looks at you funny.
There are some things that affect most newborns and you don’t need to worry about them.
Soft spots on your baby’s head are natural. They are fontanels, gaps between the bones in the scalp, and allow the baby’s skull to fit through the birth canal. You cannot harm them with normal touching and holding. The bones will fuse together as the baby gets older. If you see them pulsing, it is because the arteries and veins are visible due to the thin skin.
Small amounts of blood in a newborn girl’s diaper is scary, but it happens in the first week. It is due to high estrogen levels in the mom and is not a sign of infant illness. It will soon go away.
A small hollow place in your baby's chest does not mean there is a heart problem. It is because the breastbone has three sections. The small dent is from the bottom part angled backwards, but his muscles will pull it straight before long. A layer of fat will soon cover the depression also.
Soft poop is not from diarrhea but is due to the baby's all liquid diet. Breast milk is easily and quickly digested so he will have squishier and more frequents bowel movements than the formula-fed newborn.
Hiccups happen when the brain is not communicating with the diaphragm so hiccups are entirely normal and not a cause for alarm even when they occur for long periods.
Crying is his only connection to the world. He makes sure you will meet his needs and wants. He may be hungry, wet, in pain or just feels like crying. Some babies just seem to be preprogrammed to cry more than others.
A rash on the face that looks like tiny pimples is another result of hormones. This rash may come on somewhere between two weeks and two months of age. It is nothing to worry about and does not need treatment.
Swollen breasts on baby girls and boys are another gift of hormones circulating in the body. This will diminish over time and is a perfectly ordinary newborn trait.
Lots of sneezing is caused because your newborn has congestion from being in a watery uterine home. The sneezing will soon pass and is not a sign of your baby being sick.
You don’t need to worry about the things that happen to all babies in the neonatal period. Just enjoy his sweet presence and save your worry for other things. If you ever think your baby is sick, please call the pediatrician for guidance and she will decide what you should do next.