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Newborn Appearance


Nurse Goodwin

At last, this is what you’ve been waiting for over the past nine months. You’ve worked hard and prepared in every way possible to be ready for this new life that you’ve created.

Although meeting your baby for the first time may be a magical moment, chances are he won’t look like the babies you see on TV. Babies, especially first babies, often enter the world looking far from perfect. It’s normal for a baby to look somewhat blue when they’re first born. Once your baby starts to cry and breathes on his own, he’ll get plenty of oxygen and his skin will become pinker.

After a few days, your baby may look somewhat yellow because of something called “jaundice,” which is fairly common for newborns and is the result of an over-worked liver. This will usually get better on its own, but check with your pediatrician if it gets worse.

Babies’ skull bones aren’t fused together at birth, and so his head may look like an egg or a cone right after he’s born. This is because his head will have changed shape to make it easier for him to get through your birth canal. Your baby’s head should return to a more rounded shape during the first few days after he’s born.

You may also notice a cheese-like covering on your baby’s skin. It’s not unusual for a newborn to be covered in a thick, white, substance called “vernix,” which is actually a protective coating made by your baby’s skin. Most of this is wiped off, but any vernix remaining will be absorbed.

Some babies are born with soft spots, bumps, bruises, funny looking ears and flat noses. Do not despair! Most of these things are temporary and will improve over time.