For all the joy of having a new baby in the home, there are times when things seem amiss. This is especially true for first-time parents who might notice quirks about baby that seem terrifying to adults but are perfectly normal for a developing human.
Sometimes, it’s easy to be guided by instinct, such as with a crying baby. Most of the time they’re either hungry, tired or uncomfortable. There’s not much guesswork there, and the solutions are straightforward enough. But what about patches of skin that don’t look as plush and soft as the rest of baby’s body, or huge amounts of saliva dripping out of baby’s mouth all day, or sudden hair loss or flaky skin that makes baby look like a reptile? Are those things normal, or should parents be calling their pediatrician at all hours and making near daily trips to the ER?
The short answer is many seemingly frightening things that baby experiences are actually normal and healthy. But sometimes they’re not. It’s easy to get spooked, so let’s give you some peace of mind by taking a look at common baby problems and their solutions.