What is the normal appearance of a newborn?
When a baby is first born, the skin is a dark red to purple color. As the baby starts to breathe air, the color changes to red. This redness normally starts to fade in the first day. A baby’s hands and feet may stay bluish in color for several days.
What is a physical for a baby?
A complete physical exam is an important part of newborn care. The healthcare provider carefully checks each body system for health and normal function. The provider also looks for any signs of illness or birth defects.
What is mottled skin in babies?
Mottling. Mottling occurs when the baby’s skin looks blue or pale and blotchy. There may also be a bluish marbled or weblike pattern on the baby’s skin. The parts of the skin that are not blotchy may be very pale (this is called pallor).
When do newborns have their first check up?
Baby should have her first well-visit appointment 3-5 days after birth, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. Ask for an appointment during the least-busy part the day. You can also see if the doctor has specific time slots dedicated to seeing newborns.
When do newborns open eyes?
A few minutes after birth, most infants open their eyes and start to look around at their environment. Newborns can see, but they probably don’t focus well at first, which is why their eyes may seem out of line or crossed at times during the first 2 to 3 months.