Is that normal? 

Well yes yes it is. Usually when baby is born you will have a few concerns. For me they ranged from jaundice to a Mongolian spot. Yes it all was normal. 

Jaundice. According to the Mayo clinic jaundice is a  ” yellow discoloration in a newborn baby’s skin and eyes. Infant jaundice occurs because the baby’s blood contains an excess of bilirubin (bil-ih-ROO-bin), a yellow-colored pigment of red blood cells.”

For jaundice, they usually monitor the baby’s levels of bilirubin through blood tests. They extract blood through the ankles (which is so scary to see baby crying) but it’s really quick and the rest is instant. If the baby has levels that are too high the doctor may recommend UV lights to treat jaundice. 

Jaundice is usually treatable and doesn’t need anything more than constant feedings and maybe some natural sun light. With that said, jaundice can also be dangerous if  bilirubin levels remain high and is left untreated. This is very extreme and rear cases can cause brain damage. 

What’s a Mongolian spot? 

According to WebMD Mongolian spots are “very common in any part of the body of dark-skinned babies. They are flat, gray-blue in color (almost looking like a bruise), and can be small or large. They are caused by some pigment that didn’t make it to the top layer when baby’s skin was being formed. They are harmless and usually fade away by school age.”

These spots look a lot more menacing that they are and usually don’t require any treatment. I was freaked out when I saw this for the first time on my second child wondering if she had been hurt by a nurse or during delivery. Alas it was nothing to be concerned about.  

What can be more scary are the strawberry birthmarks. 

According to The Birthmark Support Group a strawberry mark or “A haemangioma is a collection of blood vessels that form a lump under the skin; it’s often called a ‘strawberry mark’ as it looks like the surface of a strawberry.

Superficial haemangiomas are usually raised, red areas of skin, which feel warm because the blood vessels are close to the surface. They can initially appear as a small area of pale skin where a red spot develops.

Deep haemangiomas are blue in colour because the blood vessels are deeper in the skin. You can’t usually see them for the first few weeks as they only show a lump as the haemangioma grows.”

These birthmarks are a cause for concern because they must be cared for diligently. I spoke to one mom whose baby fell of the couch and hit the haemangioma on her head. She said there was so much blood everywhere they rushed to the hospital. Thankfully the baby is ok but these marks of scratched or hit can cause severe bleeding.  You should read more on this and consult your pediatrician for more information. 

Brick dust? 

I must admit the first time I heard of this I was confused.  Brick dust is nothing to really worry about. “Usually appearing as reddish “brick dust” powder in the first few diapers, urine crystals can easily be mistaken for blood in the urine, causing undue worry. Most of the time, these crystals will go away on their own, although if they persist past the fifth day of life, you may want to seek the advice of your pediatrician.”  Says Livestrong.com

If this occurs beyond the fifth day at anytime your baby may be suffering for dehydration and you should consult your pediatric health care provider. 

Then there is lanugo. Yup that’s a thing.  I experienced this with my second baby and it is weired and it is normal. When she was born her ears and legs were black, because she was covered in very fine hairs. Yup lanugo is just a weird word to describe a weird condition that is absolutely normal. She is now three months and she still has hair on her ears but not as much. It lasts for months sometimes but fall off all on its own. 

To find out more weired things that are actually normal Click here

As with everything in life read and research. This is your human after all. 

What weird but completely normal things did you discover on your journey? 

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