Being a first-time mum can be a worrying time. Not only are you adjusting to your new role, but your newborn can have/do a few strange, but perfectly normal, things that can cause you to feel worried. 

 

Here are five things you might worry about that are completely normal:

 

1. Sneezing

The first time your little one does it can give you a bit of a fright, but, for the most part, there is nothing to be concerned about. A lot of the sneezing can be down to your little one trying to get objects out of their nose, but it can also be caused by their reaction to light. However, if you are concerned that your little one has a cold you should contact your GP.

 

2. Strange shaped head

After being pushed out of the birth canal your little one’s head can look flat or misshapen. If you had a forceps or suction delivery you may notice their head looks a little cone-shaped or that there are two marks on either side of their temple. Their head can also become a little flat from lying down on it too long. It should right itself over time but if it doesn't appear to be improving contact your midwife or doctor.

 

3. Swollen genitals

Boys can experience swollen testes while girls can have a swollen labia and while it can look a little odd it is usually down to hormones your baby was exposed to during birth. However, if it doesn’t sort itself within a few days, you should contact your GP.

 

4. Crossed eyes

Crossed eyes is common in newborns and is usually down to your little one not having full muscle control. As they become adjusted to their new sense of sight, their eyes can look a little crossed but this should right itself by the time they are six months old.

 

5. Blood in nappy

You wouldn’t be the first to become a little frightened when you spot blood in your little one’s nappy. It can be caused by a rough bowel movement, nappy rash or, in girls, it can be a ‘mini-period’ as they go through oestrogen withdrawal.

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