From blue birthmarks to bulging belly buttons, dimpled ears to double eyelashes, this indispensable guide will teach you how to interpret the “body signs” that are important clues to your baby’s health.
Like most parents, you probably notice—and often worry about—every little change in your growing baby. Why is one of his pupils bigger than the other? What’s that bald spot on her head? Why is he walking on tippy toes? Drawn from the latest research and reviewed by a panel of pediatricians and other medical experts, Baby Body Signs will answer these and other troubling questions. You’ll also learn
• when snoring is normal and when it’s a sign of sleep apnea
• what type of freckles may signal a rare genetic disorder
• how a simple baby photo can help uncover an eye tumor
• when swollen breasts in babies are a sign of a hormonal problem
Baby Body Signs will help you decide when to call the pediatrician and when to relax and stop worrying. What’s more, it’s packed with fascinating facts about child health—from how in medieval Europe babies were expected to talk when they had all their teeth to the fact that the ears are the first part of the body to reach full size. As entertaining as it is informative, this is the book you’ll want to keep close at hand throughout your baby’s infancy and toddler years.
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Baby Body Signs
YOUR BABY’S HEAD
Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes
And Nod is a little head
And the wooden shoe
That sailed the skies
Is a wee one’s trundle bed.—Eugene Field,
“Wynken, Blynken, and Nod”
The top of the head is usually the first part of a newborn’s body to greet his or her parents. Next comes the face, which new parents tend to carefully scrutinize, seeking signs of familiar family traits. But a baby’s head looms large not only emotionally but physically as well. Indeed, a normal newborn’s head is disproportionately large compared to the rest of his or her body, taking up about of the body’s length.
An infant’s head is a remarkable piece of anatomy. The skull of the average baby is made up of 7 separate soft, pliable bones called head plates, which fit together like a jigsaw puzzle and are connected by fibrous membranes called cranial or skull sutures. There are spaces between the bones where the sutures intersect, which are medically known as fontanelles (also spelled fontanels), and more commonly called soft spots.
A newborn baby has 6 of these soft spots, located at the top, sides, and back of the head, but only 2 are noticeable—a large diamond-shaped one at the top of the head (anterior fontenelle) and a tiny triangular one at the back of the head (posterior fontanelle).
Both skull sutures and fontanelles play critical roles during pregnancy and after birth. During pregnancy they expand, allowing the baby’s developing skull to grow. They also give the baby’s skull the necessary flexibility to make the sometimes treacherous journey headfirst through the mother...