The only thing your breastmilk will do to your baby, is to make her healthy. My baby is dark when he is born. I had a baby girl born 24 weeks 1 pound 5 ounces. So sorry for the late reply, I somehow missed your question. Not quite! Absolutely! But scared whether it would be a skin problem. My mother is cocoa dark brown. What a beautiful baby girl you have! At birth, most babies, regardless of race, are to some extent purple-reddish. I have searched high and low to find any kind of research to back it up. me and my husband both fair but my son is body is darker and face is fair now he is 3 and half month. At 10th day she became black and slowly she gained her color again in few months. It’s inborn tribal mentality. Take care of yourself and your little girl. Please help us continue to provide you with our trusted how-to guides and videos for free by whitelisting wikiHow on your ad blocker. Harlequin coloring is most common within the first three weeks of a newborn’s life. If your skin is dark, your newborn’s will most likely be lighter than yours at first. She has just completed her 6th month and now I noticed that her skin is turning a bit dark in colour, except for the face which is still bright. They may … Hi! Anything we should try to make body complexion same over face and legs. This article was co-authored by Laura Marusinec, MD. Will he change that color please advise. More than her skin tone, her health is more important to me. There are 48 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. A newborn's complexion can seem to change because babies of most races and ethnicities are born with fairly light and often pinkish skin. read about this website and how it all started here. The coloration of one is not indicative of the coloration of the other. Not surprised so many Indians commenting here, they are unusual people with such double standards. They are their own unique person, for us as parents to love and support just the way they are! Make sure all traces of urine and stool are gone as they can irritate your baby's skin. Your skin colour may also darken a little, either in patches or all over. Research published in 2017 concluded that more genes previously thought seems to be involved in determining the skin color of a person. Hello my 2 years 4 months baby girl has had eczema since birth,took her to GP’s and they said it was atopic dermatitis,problem it has started to cause skin discolaration ,she is naturally Light but has huge patches and her skin has dark patches on her arms,legs and butt yet the rest of her body is light light and she is forever scratching her body,even when I don’t see eczema despite the countless medicationa i got from doctors,my question ,can this be reversed and she have no patches of these dark skin,will she outgrow it naturally or should I start taking her to a specialist. I hope your daughter get the help she needs. Talk about the amounts of plastic surgery and almost deadly diets that westerners do even for minor issues. She had jaundice but that was taken care of early in life. But keep in mind there are other skin conditions common to newborns. There's nothing quite like the soft, delicate skin of a baby. Regarding her skin color, it is completely normal that your baby’s complexion is becoming darker with age. Your doctor will examine these bruises, but they are usually not a cause for concern. At birth, the skin of the normal newborn is reddish-purple in color and turns bright red when the baby cries. Mom’s Question: LIDDY i agree chica.adios. But I did learn some about the risks and problems of born so early. If you are very concerned, show it to a doctor! Skin issues are normal in preemies, but you should always consult with your doctor about any changes in your baby. Paula, thank you for the kind and compassionate way you answer worried mothers. You’re unfit. I wouldn’t worry or do anything if I were you. I really hope some of you women take into consideration how it makes a child, YOUR CHILD feel… to be judged for such an ignorant reason… and how offensive and stressful it is on the other parent or people who love and accept them genuinely… I was hurt, because I felt like my child wasn’t being accepted and it ruined or tarnished some of my most valuable memories. These women are ridiculous. As the baby starts to breathe air, the color changes to red. Some of you Should not have kids. A baby's hands and feet may stay bluish in color for several days. As an Afro Caribbean woman I honestly feel like you’re feeding these women’s foolishness by even continuing to answer so many questions after having already fully explained in your initial responses. The pink tint comes from the red blood vessels, which show through your baby's still-thin skin. :-). Hi, me and my husband are fair but my little one turned really dark. That's right! ear below lighter up is darker.even his body same places lighter than other should i worry about it.why my baby is become dark skin as me and my hasband has lighter skin.i am thing about it too much. So doctor pls tell me some homemade tips then I make my baby color again fair and beautiful. My child had fair skin when she was born, but it has gotten darker and becomes reddish when she is crying. A baby's hands and feet may stay bluish in color for several days. I think that is quite exciting! However, as the infant breathes his color brightens to a red. Instead of mourning your daughter’s color, make up your mind to be her fighter – she is just as beautiful as any fair child! hello It takes a while before a baby’s “true” skin color appears. Our children need us to love them just the way they are; not wishing for them to be something else. she changed, and she is now permanent teen years brown skin and healthy most important. The more melanin your baby's skin has, the darker his complexion will be. When is her complexion going to set in and why her complexion still changing? By using our site, you agree to our. Hormonal changes, especially during pregnancy, can trigger changes in skin color. It is very uncommon, but it does happen. Read on for another quiz question. Other skin conditions may develop in a newborn, but are rarer. And plese let us know your progress. RELATED: What Does A Newborn Baby’s Complexion Tell Us About Their Health? Diaper rash is often related to wet or infrequently changed diapers, skin sensitivity, and chafing. I was worried that she might have some undiagnosed condition. You are a blessing and a great role model for providing supportive knowledgable answers. I have three children all for my husband. Brown Spots And Discoloration. The only reasonable to be concerned would be if you believe that your baby is ill in some way – then talk to a dockor. You are the ones with the problem, not the baby as they have no preconceived ideas of what beauty is until society fills their head with rubbish. The long answer has to do with the parts of y I hope your son is just fine! The fact that you are lucky enough to be able to have healthy children of any color is amazing. But the dad is charcoal too, I feel like crying. A day or two after birth, a newborn’s skin may still be pinkish, but it may also look flaky. Read on for another quiz question. It just shows more if someone is darker. My newborn had very fair complexion but her ears had some small hairs which let her ears look darker, after 4-5 days she lost her complexion. Read on for another quiz question. There are so many children with parents of different origins, there are adopted children, foster care, all sorts of reasons why a child may not look exactly like one or both of their parents. Sorry for not really being able to help! Most babies are relatively fair, even pink when newborn, but depending on race and genes, the baby’s skin then changes during the first year to its real color. Stretch Marks. I’m fair bv my hubby is dark… What can I do to stop it. In most cases, however, your newborn's red face is normal and doesn't indicate a serious problem. My husband says I care about your brain, not your looks… so try to spend the time in making your kids inside beautiful not their outside. It is of course, more common that siblings have different pigmentation even if they have the same biological parents. Will this be a sign that he will be dark-skinned when he grows up? Every child is created just beautifully, in every shade and color, and should be celebrated and loved just the way they are. What skin conditions are typical of newborns? Other kids I knew had it much worse. But this isn't the only skin condition common to newborns. Your growing belly isn’t the only place where you may get stretch marks. It usually shows up in babies between 2 and 6 months of age, most often on the cheeks, forehead, scalp, and backs of the arms. We know ads can be annoying, but they’re what allow us to make all of wikiHow available for free. But I’m glad that it’s pretty normal. This is a good question. Not quite. Regarding her skin color, it is completely normal that your baby’s complexion is becoming darker with age. FOR GOD’S SAKE WAKE UP and STOP SELF HATRED! Pick another answer! The vernix caseosa protects the infant’s skin from amniotic fluid when in the womb and washes off during the first bath. Hi Paula, me and my husband are fair but my little boy is 13 weeks old and he turned very dark color. At birth, many newborns have skin that may be reddish or pinkish. Hi, Close! What is wrong with you all? Hi, same problem here, me and my husband are fair my son turned very dark whole body looks very dark don’t know the reason. After a day or two, the purple becomes pinker , due to blood vessels being visible through the newborn baby’s very thin skin. just love the child and if not? I would guess since you are from India, that you are affected by the idea that fair is in some way better than dark. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 154,667 times. Now he is 3 months old but no change. There may be some peeling (most common in the hands and feet), but it will normally go away without issue. Take your little miracles, give them a big hug and get over yourselves. Best, Paula, Nobody in India hates their skin tone I definitely think you should take her to a specialist to sort out the reasons for eczema and itchy skin. My daughter was almost born in week 25, but with medical help and bed rest for three months she was just a little bit early when she was born. Your baby may have eczema (also called atopic dermatitis), a rash caused by sensitivity of the skin. By the baby's second or third day, the skin lightens somewhat and may become dry and flaky. Wash and rinse your baby’s scalp, then gently dry it with a towel. Do you remember when this all started? I’m not fair but husband is fair skin .is breast milk can change my baby’s color ? May God bless them with some sanity. My baby is very dark like charcoal, while I have very light skin. It is complex and probably a reason why some parents get surprised by their baby’s skin color. In addition, the newborn’s hands and feet may be cool and blue. Has she been tested for any food allergies, for example? Your baby's complexion, whether dark or fair, is determined by her genes - at the time of conception. Hi Deepak, Hi! Let me know what you find out! I love her a lot. What is the reason. The 6 fingered boy was eventually removed from school. Passing judgment will not help. In fact, right after a baby is born the color of his skin may appear dark red or purple. Newborns undergo rapid changes in the first days and weeks of life. Pain, swelling, or warmth in an area of your baby’s skin, Red streaks extending from an area on his or her skin. Anyways, it hurt my feelings so badly that she didn’t resemble her father in skin tone… that I literally spent a full week crying because this blessing that I received… this healthy and amazingly beautiful baby girl I had… WASNT DARK ENOUGH… I never cared about her pigment… I could see him in all of her features… this gorgeous little girl looked just like him.. It can certainly happen that skin color is a bit different between for example face and legs, or that the feet are bluish when newborn. But quite a few state the opposite too. Hi doc, my baby is 7 weeks old and when she born her skin was fair but my husband said because I’m breastfeeding her she taking my color. She had a lot of complications and is currently in the hospital after 4 months. Genetics determine the amount of melanin in your baby's skin. What color he would get? doctor, my son age 3 and half month. She received her M.D. Should I be worried about this? Cow’s milk allergy, for example, is a common reason for eczema in babies, toddlers, and young children. I was teased mercilessly as a child for my nose. Soon enough she will be a chubby, giggling little baby girl. This article was co-authored by Laura Marusinec, MD. Every newborn baby is different, and this includes the appearance of their skin. Hi Paula, his body is deferance color. Yes! If you notice any changes in your skin color, see a board-certified dermatologist, who can properly diagnose and treat you. There are so many women out there who wish they could be blessed with one child much less three!!! My baby is just 10mnth old. She is a member of the American Medical Writers Association and the Society for Pediatric Urgent Care. He is not 4 months old. Silly. These skin pigmentation changes, known as melasma (sometimes called chloasma), often start to fade as your hormone levels return to normal and your body stops producing so much skin pigment, or melanin. Rub the skin of your baby’s head with baby oil, mineral oil, or petroleum jelly an hour before shampooing. Even scalp was also deep red. Babies of color usually have darker skin than caucasian babies, but still a few shades lighter than their “true” color, that will show later on. Talking about it might. I expected her to be as light as they are. The best you can do is try to ignore these old traditions that say absolutely nothing about the qualities of your daughter. hi, I’m Leela. Does it means they will be darker like their ears? An infant’s bottom or genitals may become red and sore, causing a very unhappy baby! Due to this, it is entirely possible, but unusual that even white parents give birth to a dark baby and vice versa. from the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine in 1995 and completed her residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Pediatrics in 1998. Other changes in a newborn’s skin may include the following: Milia, tiny, pearly-white, firm raised bumps on the face, which eventually disappear on their own. This is the 21st century and no child anywhere should be judged by skin color, in my opinion. Most skin color changes fade within a few months after you give birth. But patches sounds different. Lanugo. But since skin color is inherited, there really is nothing to do about it! Yes, your twins will most likely become a little darker like their ears. (During the first few days of life, the skin gradually loses this redness.) It is not as simple as saying that the baby’s skin color will be some average of the parent’s color or that one color dominates over the other, as in eye color. Since newborns seem so small and fragile, it is natural to worry about your baby's health and safety. :-). when my baby born she is fair but her ears were dark. When a baby is first born, the skin is a dark red to purple color. This well help to remove cradle cap scales. This doesn’t mean that it is wrong, but to honest, I can’t say. So there is no need to worry at all! A large number of genes contribute to skin color in a number of different ways which results in a complicated process influencing a child’s skin color. :-). A lot of babies are born lighter than they are going to be, because they have never been in the sun. Overall baby skin is just one-fifth of the thickness of adult skin. Using concealer may be OK, but do not use anything that contains bleaches or other chemicals. Skin color is not important in life. Also, there isn’t much you can do about it. The skin still often turns red when the infant cries. This post started as a question from a worried mom about why her baby’s skin color is getting darker and what to do about it. It’s not uncommon to … My baby is 4 months old. Skin and hair changes Hormonal changes taking place in pregnancy will make your nipples and the area around them go darker. It may be present only at skin folds, such as on the legs. dark skin hispanic blk brother. My husband looks like a model and I am not “great looking” and people always ask how come he choose you? Which is not a common skin coloration for newborns? We have changed to a new commenting system. Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color. Hello doctor, I am from Punjab and my name is Nisha. I am a “VERY PALE” white woman… who had a biracial child with a “VERY DARK” black man. me and my husband both fair but my sone face is fair bout body is darker. Of course the child may get questions or comments, but if the parents are open and cool about it from the start, chances are much higher that this will never be a problem at all. Hi Niomi, But body hands and legs are really dark. But it usually clears up with simple at-home treatments, such as air drying, more frequent diaper changes and ointment. If it is just a worry of a beauy flaw – let it go! I spent the first 10 hours of her life thinking how crazy it was that I had a baby with the man I loved so much… but her skin tone was so drastically different from HIS and so close to MINE that he automatically assumed I must have been with someone else… I literally damn near lost my mind and thought maybe I was taken by aliens and experimented on or something (bad joke but I really said this while bawling my eyes out in confusion and disbelief)…, Because of this reason… as a first time mother… I had a lot of questions about biracial children, pigmentation, genetics and the way they work… I could personally care less about her appearance… I just didn’t know it was possible to have white children. Break the Taboos!! Go take care of your kids and stop asking dumb vain questions. Hopefully, it was the margarita. By signing up you are agreeing to receive emails according to our privacy policy. This causes a yellow coloring in their skin and eyes. I feel like my baby's skin is getting lighter, should I be concerned? still married, and i came out and stayed real light skin. This is one of the charming parts of having children! Occasionally, a similar patch may be visible on the nape of a newborn’s neck. But regardless of her color – she is a fantastic fighter and a small miracle. My baby was born pink. Pink patches over a newborn's eye or in the middle of his forehead are very common. Update: This question has received a lot of comments, join in below! Diaper rash can occur if a wet diaper is worn for a long time or if urine and/or stool irritate the infant’s skin. This is soft, downy hair on a baby's body, especially on the shoulders, back, forehead, and … It is harmless and will typically go away by the time the baby turns 1. If you are BLACK or dark skinned….why on earth would you be sad or shocked if your child gets a dark complexion? , toddlers, and should be judged by skin color should i be?! 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