What Not to Worry About: #6 to #10
6. Constant hiccupping. Experts aren't exactly sure why young babies hiccup so much; some say it's due to a miscommunication between the brain and the diaphragm, the abdominal muscle that controls breathing. Regardless of their cause, hiccups are a harmless part of babyhood.
7. Crying. Newborns have an immature nervous system and startle easily, which are just two reasons why they shed so many tears. And crying is baby's only way of communicating his needs. Simply put, he's wired to cry a lot, so though he may look pained, he's not harming himself.
8. A pimply facial rash. Thanks to maternal hormones still circulating in their body, many newborns have acne, which usually occurs between 2 weeks and 2 months of age. It's harmless and just requires gentle cleaning, not Clearasil.
9. Swollen breasts on a newborn girl...or boy! Those same hormones that cause baby girls to have a mini period can also swell the breasts of babies of both genders. Alarming? Yes. Temporary? Absolutely. Worrisome? Not at all.
10. Sneezing all the time. Babies have tiny noses! Just a small bit of mucus will make them sneeze. And because your newborn has just emerged from his watery home in your uterus, he's likely to have at least a little congestion, which may cause quite a few sneezes. Unless his sneezing is accompanied by thick, yellow mucus, which indicates a cold, all that sneezing is just a phase he'll outgrow.
Denise Schipani is a mother of two who lives in Huntington, New York.
Originally published in American Baby magazine, January 2005.
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