Newborn Appearance


HEAD: Most babies, especially those delivered vaginally, will look like little “cone heads” and they will often be bruised slightly around their head and face. These both improve dramatically in the first two days. 

FACE: Usually very puffy at first—remember, they have been under water for the past nine months. Because of this, their eyes will not open very wide for 1-2 days.  

EARS: Often bent in unusual positions for a few days. 

NECK: Usually can’t find it until they are about six months. 

CHEST: Almost all babies will have some breast tissue directly under their nipples. This is of no concern, even boys.  

HANDS: Usually held in a fist – if not, they will usually close their fist if you stroke their palm. 

CORD: New guidelines for umbilical cord care recommend "natural drying". This process includes keeping the umbilical cord dry, not submerging it under water, and folding the diaper down in the front. Old guidelines suggested to clean the cord with alcohol, but new guidelines do not recommend this anymore.

GENITALS: This is another area in which they tend to accumulate fluid and have lots of swelling. 

LEGS AND FEET: Often twisted and bent because of the cramped conditions, but if significant, it may be worth mentioning to your doctor. 

SKIN: Many have Stork Bites, which are red patches on their forehead, eyelids or back of their neck. These fade away over the first year. Many darker skinned infants will have Mongolian Spots, which look like bruises over their lower back. These too will fade as the years pass. At 1-3 days of age, many infants will develop Erythema Toxicum, which looks like mosquito bites all over the body. This is a perfectly harmless rash, which resolves in a few days without treatment. Their faces get many harmless rashes, the most common of which is milia, which looks like a lot of tiny white bumps. 



If your child is seriously ill, please call us directly at (512) 458-5323

If your child is seriously ill, please call us directly at (512) 458-5323