There is nothing pure and beautiful like a newborn baby.
There are a lot of interesting things that you may not know about your kids. Here are a few fascinating facts about your baby that you may not have realized during newborn care.
Your baby’s first bowel movement doesn’t smell
Meconium, black as tarry, is made up of mucus, liquid, and anything else a baby can digest while in the womb. Meconium doesn’t contain the intestinal bacteria that give stool its odor.
After a few days, when you start feeding your baby, bacteria will begin to enter his intestinal tract stools are green, yellow or brown.
Baby’s tonsils have taste receptors
Although infants have the same number of taste receptors as children and adults, they cover more areas, including the tonsils and the back of the throat.
Newborns perceive sweet, bitter, and sour tastes, but not salt (until about 5 months).
When they start eating solid foods, babies tend to like the same foods that their mothers ate during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Infant Sleep Apnea Occasionally
While sleeping, a young child can stop breathing for 5 to 10 seconds. Irregular breathing is a common symptom. But if the baby stops breathing for longer or the mucous membranes or skin turn blue or purple, it’s a medical emergency.
Babies cry but no tears
Newborn babies start crying about 2-3 weeks, but tears are only released until they are about a month old. Babies cry a lot in the late afternoon and early evening. Almost every baby has this, so you don’t need to worry too much if there are no other symptoms.
The time of 6 – 8 weeks of age for full-term babies is the time when babies cry the most. After 3 months of age, everything will be more stable.
Newborns with nipples
At birth, both boys and girls look like they have small breasts. However, when caring for a newborn, don’t palpate these small nipples excessively. They form because the baby absorbs estrogen from the mother and disappear within a few weeks.
Babies prefer to face to the right
Only 15% of babies prefer to turn their heads to the left when lying on their backs. This seems to be related to genes, like having dimples. This lasted for several months and it may help explain why more people are right-handed.
Newborns have more permanent brain cells
Although a baby’s brain will double in size in the first year, a newborn’s brain is already quite full of nerve cells that carry electrical information. Many of these neurons are not regenerated when they die, so adults have fewer neurons. Connections between cells are reduced as children get older, which helps children focus but also reduces creativity.
Too many things startle babies
Loud noises, strong scents, bright lights, sudden movements, even the baby’s own cry. This Moro reflex develops as a warning signal that the child is losing his balance. You can tell your baby is startled when you see them swing their arms to the sides, open their hands, then quickly close and draw back to their bodies.
Birthmarks can disappear over time
Pink or red areas of skin appear on the forehead or back of the neck and Mongolian birthmarks (flat, bluish patches that look like ink marks on the back) usually fade within a short period of time years.
Although understanding your newborn may seem overwhelming at first, you’ll start reading your baby’s cues in no time. Observe how your baby reacts to being undressed, talked to, held, and fed. You’ll soon learn what your child wants and what experiences he or she doesn’t like.
You will soon realize these things while caring for a newborn .