Appearances

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.  Listed below are common features you could see:

  • 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