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Blue Spell Newborns
Not likely...: It is typical for a newborn's eye color to change over time. The permanent eye color is not set until at least 9 months of age. If your child has a light colored skin, the eyes are often a blue or bluish-grey color. Things change as more pigment is produced in the iris. Likely there is just a slight variation that should equalize. Talk to your pediatrician. ...Read more
Its tiring!: Newborns are not hard to take off - they only need a couple things. They need to eat often, sleep often and be cuddled lots. However, those things are very tiring to new parents, which can make it feel like the hardest job you have ever taken on. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed with your new one talk to your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the state: Many states have either few or extensive tests on the newborn for treatable or significant conditions. In my state dozens are covered including phenylketonuria, sickle cell, thyroid and too many others to mention. Sometimes we check for anemia, blood sugar or infection, : blood tests for ABO reactions are common if mom is o+ and we commonly test for jaundice without drawing blood using a meter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Advantage ????: We started seeing the adoption of prone sleeping in the us around ww2 thinking it was safer if they barfed.Cultures that never did had a lower crib death rate. By the 90's studies revealed a lower crib death rate with back sleeping. After it was re- adopted in the us the crib death rate has dropped 40%. I see no benefit of prone sleeping in babies.(they seem to enjoy tummy time more but so what). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My newborns skin complextion doesnt resemble me or her dads she is dark we are light .. can this change?
Skin tone can change: Your newborns skin tone can subtly change over time. Give it time and you will likely see a difference in the next few months. That being said her skin color is ultimately affected by the gene she inherited from both you and dad and there is not much you can do about it. ...Read more
Some good, some bad: Simple colds newborns usually have fairly good resistance to through antibodies the mother has in her system. True influenza, though, varies a lot. If the mother received an influenza vaccine during the pregnancy, there are protective antibodies the baby has received that help a lot. But if mom is not vaccinated for that year, newborns are at great risk for influenza and can become very ill. ...Read more
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