Ah, the smell of babies – fresh, light, and . . . icky? Contrary to what many people, especially parents, believe, infants can have a wide variety of odors in different parts of the body. But while many of them don’t mean anything other than he needs some cleaning, they may imply a visit to the doctor or more attention to the stinky body part. Take, for example, baby ears smell.
The human body is one of the amazing specimens in the world, and one only needs to know how the baby develops to prove it. Take, for example, how they breathe.
The baby’s lungs develop very early on during the pregnancy. By the time the fetus is already on the fifth to sixteenth week, the lungs will closely resemble those of a human adult.
However, babies don’t actually breathe in the normal sense while in the womb. The movement that you see is caused by the swallowing of the amniotic fluid. Nevertheless, the lungs get some form of exercise while the baby receives the much-needed oxygen from the breathing of the mom. This oxygen moves toward the placenta then to the umbilical cord then to the baby.
During labor, the baby moves toward the birth canal to exit the womb. He or she may receive some oxygen, but he or she takes his or her first independent breath once the baby is already out of the womb.
Even then, the infant doesn’t gain the full lung capacity. In the last few weeks of the pregnancy, the lungs will grow alveoli, or those air sacs that allow the exchange of oxygen, but they are not a lot. As the baby becomes a toddler then a full-fledged child, these numbers will increase tremendously – by the millions!
In other words, your baby still has a long way to go before he or she can breathe like you.
It’s definitely concerning for parents to see their infant not breathing for few seconds or making some noise while they’re supposed to be asleep. But some of these behaviors are normal.
As infants acclimatize themselves with the new environment, especially breathing by themselves, they don’t have a consistent or rhythmic breathing pattern:
Don’t worry, though, since as the baby matures, breathing will become more consistent or stable.
Despite the inconsistent breath rhythm of babies, parents should still know when it’s normal and when it’s not. Raise the alarm when:
A baby breathes heavily abnormally when:
While babies are prone to shallow fast breathing, it’s still best to pay attention to it. Here are some tips you can do:
The many things parenting can teach you – an inconsistent and even heavy breathing of babies should not cause any panic. But then, it’s always best to heed to the side of caution. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or have your baby checked when you feel something is amiss.
It’s not only moms, siblings, and the rest of the family that have to adjust to the arrival of the baby. The infant also does the same thing. One of their biggest challenges is regulating their body temperature.
To be considered not sick, an adult should have a body temperature around 37 degrees Celsius. It can go about 36.5 degrees or 37.5 degrees. If it climbs to at least 38 degrees, then a person is considered to have a fever. Temperatures can differ depending on where they are obtained. Armpit temperatures are lower.
Babies, on the other hand, have about the same ideal body core temperature. The problem is, because of their size and the amount of body fat they contain, they find it harder to regulate.
No matter how often we have already familiarized ourselves with our babies spitting up, the concern over a minor vomit will never go away. The thing is, we all know that infants spit up. In fact, it is so common that we would often expect our infants to spit up once in a while.
If you notice, spitting up often happens right after feeding or when you are trying to burp your little one. And usually, it is nothing to worry about since spit-ups are just small amounts of milk throw-up. Babies feel fine and well and aren't too eager to feed again after they spit up.Continue reading
Parents panic at every possible sign of an illness. When it comes to babies, though, not all the “symptoms” are severe. For example, do you know children are prone to acne-like cysts during the first few weeks of birth? They happen because of the hormones they got from their moms while they’re still in the tummy.Continue reading
Motherhood offers a lot of surprises. For example, do you know babies can make a wide variety of sounds other than cooing? In fact, he or she can grunt, giggle, and babble. Sometimes these sounds do not mean anything. Perhaps the infant is just having some fun. In other times, it’s their way of expressing themselves.Continue reading
Rosy Cheeks, Puffy Cheeks, Red Cheeks. Babies have them all at one point in time, one way or another.
We often see our baby's face color change from time to time but seeing the sudden changes from morning to evening or from day one to day two can be alarming, especially for new parents or for parents who just happen to experience such major changes in your recent baby.
Redness of cheeks can both be normal and abnormal. Now, let's see exactly what's okay and what's not.Continue reading
As new moms, we have a lot of things to learn about our newborn babies. Isn't it difficult when you see something unusual and begin to get frantic because anything unfamiliar regarding your baby makes you worry? We've all gone through that.Continue reading
Remember the times you wake up choking for air because your nose is really stuffy? It's really difficult when we have a congested nose. Now, imagine how much more difficult it would be for our babies to suffer from a heavily congested nose.
You see, baby stuffy nose at night is much more difficult for our little ones so they end up being really fussy. However, if we help our babies breathe better and make them feel more comfortable, both you and your baby will sleep through the night with ease.