A baby’s Skin

A babys Skin

You may be disappointed to find that far from having a perfect complexion, your babys face is marred by blotches or spots. Bruising and red marks on the nose or eyelids are often the result of pressure on the head during the birth and will disappear naturally. Stork bite naevi are common and are usually seen at the back of the neck or on the face. They look like a blotch of reddish spots and will disappear in time. Tiny white spots on the nose and cheeks are called milia and are caused by cysts that have formed in the oil glands. They require no treatment and will eventually disappear. Occasionally, especially if the baby is preterm, you may notice a change in shade between two parts of the childs body, almost a two-tone effect with one side being darker than the other. This is known as the Harlequin colour change caused by the flow of blood and has no sinister significance and will disappear quite soon. A mottled effect in which the skin looks marbled with light and darkareas is simply due to the transparency of the newborns skin and the effect of temperature changes. Mongolian spots or bluish patches on the lower back are sometimes seen in dark skinned babies. They are of no significance and disappear by the time the child is around five years old. The newborn babys skin is covered with a greasy white substance known as vernix caseosa which has protected it from the effects of lying in the amniotic fluid during pregnancy. It comes off with washing or peels off within days.

A baby’s Skin

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