What's Normal for Your Newborn?

Disappearing Act

Now You See It, Now You Don't

Infants go through several physical changes in the first weeks of life. Here's what will disappear within a few days or weeks.

* When your baby is born, he'll be covered with a waxy substance called vernix. It'll be washed off during his first sponge bath in the hospital.
* A newborn will lose about 10 percent of her birth weight within the first week but should gain it back by the second week. Then she'll typically gain half an ounce to one ounce per day and double her birth weight at around 4 months. Contact your pediatrician if you have any concerns about weight loss or gain.
* Lanugo is fine hair that covers your baby's skin while he's in the womb. He'll lose it a few weeks after birth.
* Your newborn will probably lose the fuzzy hair on his head during the first six weeks. You may notice a little hair in his brush each day, and it could take as long as 18 months for his new head of hair to fully grow in.

Copyright © 2007. Used with permission from the November 2007 issue of American Baby magazine.

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