Most babies, when delivered, don’t look like what you see in a magazine. Babies have been crammed up in a water-filled uterus for months. After the journey down the birth canal, sometimes their appearance can be affected. 

Common features of newborns

  • Acrocyanosis – bluish color on hands or feet
  • Vernix caseosa – right after delivery, your baby will be covered with this protectant from the amniotic fluid
  • Lanugo – fine hair on a newborn
  • Head molding – an abnormal head shape that results from pressure on the baby’s head during childbirth
  • Cephalohematoma – the unnecessary pooling of blood from damaged blood vessels that is between the skull and inner layers of skin
  • Stork bite – a pink patch that can appear on a baby’s forehead, eyelids, nose, upper lip or back of the neck
  • Milia – tiny white bumps on a baby’s nose, chin or cheeks
  • Peeling skin – shedding the outer layer of their skin within one to three weeks 
  • Cross-eyed – eyes that wander or cross now and then as newborns learn to work their eyes together
  • Swollen genitals – Due to the surge of female hormones from the placenta before birth, genitals (scrotum and labia) are often swollen, including their nipples