Are you expecting your baby soon? Here are some fun facts about the newborn that might help you understand them better!
We all get super excited as we inch close to our delivery date. It is also intimidating at the same time as for how to manage the baby as they run short on active communication skills for a number of months after birth. We mothers go through the same predicament.
As much as there is excitement in holding the little bundle of joy, it is at times a tad scary too. New mothers have the tendency to go totally berserk with a newborn baby in tow.
Few Facts about Newborn babies that will help you cope up Easily
Odourless First Poop
Newborn babies first poop within 24 hours of their birth, and strangely enough, they do not smell at all. The Mucus from the womb looks like a black tar-like substance which is called as Meconium. Once the baby starts drinking milk, gut bacteria will form in the intestine that will turn the baby poop into a yellow, green or brown colour and smell eventually.
Infants can stop breathing occasionally
It is common among infants to stop breathing for a brief span of 5-10 seconds and resume thereafter. It can be quite a panicky situation for new parents. Similarly taking more than 60 breaths within a minute after crying or excitement is also a common occurrence. New parents need not worry about anything except when the baby is not breathing for long seconds and turning blue.
Tonsils in a new baby are taste-sensitive
The tonsils and back of the throat of a newborn baby have taste buds. It is also an interesting fact to know that by the time the baby reaches its 9th week of development in the womb, the tiny taste buds start developing. Your baby can thereby taste every food that you eat or drink.
Newborn girls have a mini menstruation cycle
Infant girls have a mini period after their birth. Yes, if you gave birth to a girl child, don’t fret if you notice some blood in her diaper or nappy. There is no need to rush to a doctor as the estrogen in your hormone has necessarily been transferred to your daughter leading to a period. These hormones cause the uterus to shed its lining, hence the blood.
Infants have breasts and sometimes lactate too!
Newborn babies have little-swollen buds beneath their nipples that look like small breasts. Nothing is abnormal in this or don’t think that the baby has reached puberty. It is just your estrogen during the gestation phase that has passed through the placenta. They may also leak a little milky fluid at times. This is not something to be brought to a doctor’s notice but will settle down in a few weeks.
Babies cry, sans tears; are they faking it?
In the first few weeks after birth, babies howl and shriek and cry. Their wails are literally unstoppable, but tears are never seen. So the questions always remain, are they really crying or shrieking just to get mommy’s attention? Because that’s the only form of communication they know. Turns out that tear ducts in newborns are not fully developed for a few weeks or it might be clogged with amniotic fluid.
But with or without tears, babies’ cries have an immense attractive power to pull mommies to their rescue.
Babies scare themselves in Sleep
This happens more often in newborn babies and can continue in infants for until 6 months. They might suddenly wake up while in deep sleep with a jolt and cry continuously and it gets difficult soothing them to sleep again. It happens due to the Moro reflex. It is an infantile reflex where the newborn has the pretension of falling without a support. Sometimes they cry, sometimes they just flung themselves open only to curl up to sleep again.
It is therefore always advisable for a new mommy to support their baby with their hand while they sleep. They feel a safe pressure that prevents their fear of falling.
Sudden tummy aches and discomfort in Babies
Newborn babies and infants seem to suffer from stomach ache a lot. It leads to a lot of discomfort and fussiness in a baby. New mothers are often at a loss when they hear their babies cry in pain. What can be done?
- Always feed your baby upright. The head should be propped up against your arm. Don’t feed while lying down. It can lead to indigestion. Try positioning your baby in such a way that the head is at a higher level than the stomach.
- After feeding, always make your baby burp. Babies might swallow air while feeding and it is necessary to get the air out of their tummies through burping.
- If your baby is crying with a stomach ache, try a gentle but firm belly rub to help your baby pass out gas. Alternatively, you could also try pedaling your baby’s leg in the air like a cycling movement.
So for all new mommies out there, enjoy your motherhood! Rest, trust your instincts! Visiting a doctor is not always necessary. Try soothing your baby at home first. When the crying gets uncontrollable, Visit a Paediatrician Nearby immediately to seek help.
By: Nupur Singh (TheGearBoxMedia)