You envisioned a picture-perfect Gerber baby -- round, rosy, and oh-so-cute. If your newborn's head looks a little strange and cone-shaped at first, that's because he probably spent hours wedged in your pelvis. Openings in the skull allow it to mold its shape to fit through the birth canal. "This protects against skull fractures or brain injury during a vaginal delivery," Other imperfections add to your baby's temporary troll-like appearance. If he slid out on his nose, his nostrils may be a bit squashed. Fluids accumulated under his skin may make his eyes look swollen. And he may even have a few small bruises on his face and scalp if forceps or a vacuum extractor was used to deliver him. Your baby is a work of beauty in progress. Be patient, and he'll soon become the angel you imagined.
JustifyHealth say how to care baby:Researchers at Medical Center, Boston University, and Yale University wondered why some moms weren't following newborn care recommendations by health advocacy organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), so they decided to conduct a study to find out. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study surveyed 1,031 new mothers who had given birth in 32 hospitals across the country, and it asked them to report what advice their doctors and other health care professionals gave them two months and six months after giving birth. While 20 percent of new mothers said doctors didn't tell them that babies should be laid down to sleep on their backs to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), at least 50 percent of the moms said they weren't told that infants can sleep in the same room as parents, but not the same bed. Twenty percent also reported that their doctors didn't talk to them about breastfeeding; 11 percent weren't told when to start immunizations; and 50 percent were given no information on pacifier use.
My baby's so jumpy After spending months curled up in a bag of water inside a cozy, snug womb, your newborn now has all the space in the world to move, with no restrictions on her limbs. She hasn't quite figured out how to control her body in this new medium, so a small wave of her arm becomes a wide jerky swing. Babies are also born with the Moro, or startle, reflex: When your infant senses she's falling or is startled, she'll suddenly throw out her arms, open her hands, draw her head back, and then quickly bring her arms back in. This reflex disappears by 3 months. A still-developing neurological system also sends more electrical impulses to muscles than necessary, which can cause your baby's chin to quiver or legs to tremble. As things become more organized over the first couple of weeks, she'll tend to shake less. Most quivers are nothing to worry about, but see a doctor if your baby's shaking is rhythmic or if a trembling limb doesn't stop when you touch it.