This morning social media is abuzz with the hilarious antics of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ take on bathing their children. That something as simple as whether or not to clean up your kids could become a medical concern is ridiculous. What pediatrician ever came up with the idea that bathing your kids in water will dry out their skin? Your baby has just spent the last nine months living in water. Did her skin dry out?
Currently her skin is replacing itself every week or so as she grows the fastest she will grow for the rest of her life. Logically thinking, if her skin is replacing itself this quickly, how on earth could it dry out no matter what you did to it??? I am not saying mistreat you babies skin, I am saying use your head. Think logically. Research the topic, come to your own conclusion, and act accordingly.
Truly, baby’s skin is changing so quickly putting anything on it really doesn’t make since. Keep it clean. I suggest water. Using soaps really isn’t necessary. Lotions and oils sit on the outside of skin, they have very little affect on the skin of a newborn.
Being that I have been a parent for forty years, I have heard my share of “interesting” and hilarious theories on child rearing!!! I have watched crazy theories arise only to be torn down by logic. The question I most often ask my self these days is “Has this pediatrician ever had children of their own?” Nothing teaches you about kids like having them. No one can properly explain to you the feelings you will experience when you look into the eyes of your newborn. There is an overwhelming love, joy, peace that can not be put into words.
It isn’t possible to understand the overwhelming concern you feel for the well-being of this little person. They are yours. No-one will ever love them and want good for them as much as you do. They are you responsibility.
The moment you know you are pregnant advice, suggestions, & helpful ideas are poured over you in mass. It is truly more than anyone can absorb. More than that. how do you discern what is good and what is not? You have never done this before…. It is all new to you. You want to do your very best, be the most wonderful mommy or daddy ever, how???????
7 Reasons Why A Newborn’s Skin Changes Color
You may have noticed that a baby’s skin looks fair and pale a few days after being born but within a few weeks it takes on a darker shade. Some babies on the other hand are born dark and become fairer with time. Why does this happen? How does a baby’s skin change from week to week? What factors contribute to this change in color? Is it just the genes or do many external factors play a huge role in allowing for a baby’s skin color to change? Let’s find out why a baby’s skin color changes in this article.
Before we get into the reasons for why a baby’s skin color changes, it is important to understand what the baby’s skin color looks like right after he is born. When a baby is first born, his skin looks dark red in color, almost a hue of purple. As the baby begins to breathe air outside the womb, the color changes to a lighter shade of red. During the first day itself the redness will start to fade away while the baby’s hands and feet may stay bluish in color for several days. However, this is normal as your baby’s blood circulation process is still immature.
#1. Baby Has Jaundice
Many newborn babies develop some amount of jaundice, which makes their skin appear yellow in color during the first week. The eyes appear yellow as well. This is a temporary condition but should not be taken lightly. With time, the baby’s liver function starts to mature and the jaundice goes away. The yellow color of the skin can be seen more prominently by pressing on the baby’s forehead or chest and watching the color return. Jaundice in babies may be caused by many reasons like physiological factors, breast milk, immature liver function etc.
#2. It Tans Easily
A baby’s skin is paper thin; it’s three times thinner than an adult’s. Hence, it is extremely sensitive and prone to rashes, allergies and other skin issues. As a newborn baby’s skin is still developing, the melanin is also taking its time to mature. Melanin is the pigment that helps absorb the sun’s rays. As there is a lack of melanin, a baby’s skin burns faster and becomes darker sooner than an adult’s.
#3. Genetic factors
It is quite a common phenomenon for a baby’s skin color to change in the first few months. It may even take upto six months for a baby’s permanent skin color to develop and it is mainly because of genes. The pigmentation of a baby’s skin is largely controlled by the genes he inherits from the parents. Hence, the genes inherited can ultimately be the deciding factor for you baby’s skin tone.
#4. Excessive Crying
Uncontrolled, long duration of crying can also turn a baby’s face, lips and mouth into blue or purple color. However, once the crying stops, your baby’s skin color should return to normal in a few minutes. If these parts remain blue or purple for a very long time, consult a doctor immediately. The blue/purple tint in your baby’s skin could mean that the baby is suffering from a heart defect called cyanosis. In cyanosis, the baby’s skin color changes because the heart is not able to pump oxygenated blood to the rest of the body
#5. Mongolian Spots
Mongolian spots are quite common in darker-skinned babies, especially in African and Asian countries. Mongolian spots are also a form of birthmark but they tend to disappear within the first 4 years of the baby’s life. These spots usually occur on the back and the buttock area. They are flat and look like dark bruises but they aren’t painful at all. Mongolian spots occur when the skin’s pigment get trapped in deep layers of the skin when the skin is forming. When this pigment does not reach the surface, a Mongolian spot appears.
#6. Weight Loss
It may come as a surprise but babies can appear darker if they have lost weight. Along with the weight, the body’s water is also reduced. This in turn can make the baby’s skin look pale and darker. So, set a feeding pattern for your baby as quickly as you can. Consult a breastfeeding specialist if you are having breastfeeding problems.
Most babies have pale skin and it is not a major cause of concern but one should not neglect it altogether as well. If your baby looks pale, it may be due to anemia. However, to identify anemia look out for other symptoms like weakness, fatigue, abnormal body temperature and slow physical movements. If it is an anemia caused by folic acid deficiency, your baby will show signs like breathlessness, being excessively tired and palpitations.