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Query from: shweta, India, 01/14/09
Topic: NEWBORN      Submitted on: Ask Agent
Subject: baby complexion and hairs on forehead

my baby is 4 months old.her complexion varies alot.sme times looks fair sme time dark.when is cries she looks extremly dark & lips blue why? is it due to winters? i m not applying any soap on her skin. what to do to improve her complexion.i very concious abt her complexion as a m having wheatish complexion and my husband is fair. pls suggest..

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Response from: M Parvati,   
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Source: http://www.babycenter.in/baby/newbo…
Babies of most races and ethnicities are born with fairly light and often pinkish skin — the pink tint comes from the red blood vessels, which show through your baby's still-thin skin.

Newborn skin varies in appearance according to how many weeks pregnant you were when your baby was born. Premature babies have thin, transparent-looking skin and may be covered with lanugo, a fine, downy hair. Babies born prematurely will also still be covered with vernix, a greasy white substance that protects his skin from the amniotic fluid. Full-term and late babies will have only a few traces of vernix in the folds of their skin. Late babies may also have a slightly wrinkly appearance and very little, if any, lanugo.

Most parents assume that this pinkish skin colour is their baby's "original" complexion and fret when their baby's skin changes or darkens to its "actual skin tone" over the next few weeks and well into the first year. Another reason why babies look darker a few days after birth is because they lose water and some weight initially and this can make their skin may appear sallow. However, most babies regain a healthy skin tone (though not necessarily a fair complexion) once a proper feeding pattern is established.

In a country where fair skin is equated with beauty, many pregnant women consume certain foods in the vain hope of delivering fair skinned babies. One such belief is to consume only white coloured foods, such as milk, curd, and rice to have a fair baby. Another is to drink milk or any white coloured food first thing in the morning, yet another is to have milk with a few strands of saffron in it. However, it is important to remember that your baby's skin colour is decided by his genes depending on the race and ethnic group he belongs to and not by what you eat!

In many households, elders advise mothers to massage the babies with raw milk, fresh cream, besan (gram flour) and turmeric paste to ensure a fair and flawless complexion. However, this practice is best avoided as raw milk can carry a host of bacteria and cause infections, such as diarrhoea, dysentery, TB, E.coli and salmonella especially in a new born infant.

Fresh cream tends to make the skin greasy and may cause rashes in summer. Also the abrasive nature of gram flour and turmeric may result in allergies and even bruises.

Some mothers insist on applying lots of powder on their babies to make them fair -- this practice too is best avoided as the powder can cake up on wet skin and cause a lot of irritation and discomfort.

It is essential to understand that a person is beautiful because of what he is and what he does --not because of how he looks or how his skin tone is.

In some cases a baby's skin colour may change due to environmental or health reasons. A baby's skin may look red or flushed due to high temperatures, or he may have a slight pale bluish tinge due to the cold especially if his hands and feet are exposed. Some babies even turn blue or purple due to intense crying. However, if the bluish tinge does not go away after a crying fit, or if your baby has a blue tinge all over his body which does not subside after a few days, it may be a sign of breathing or circulatory problems. Talk to your doctor right away.

Sometimes babies have skin rashes and birthmarks which may need further examination.

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Response from: i carly,   
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Source: This information comes from my own knowledge.
hii

babies are changing their colour day by day so

.. no need to worry when she will become big her

colour will become automatically original colour

babyies complexion depends upon..parentral

complexion and excessive melanin pigmentation

production..

here i have given some home remedies for improve baby complexion..

apply basan with turmaric powder

message the baby with coconut oil or olive oil with turmatic ..before bath..

after bath apply baby Moisturize cream..

i will tell you one thing,, leave her complexion alone i'm sure she's

beautiful just the way she is. Poor child.

If you keep this up, sadly,she'll feel ugly

forever. A parent's words and actions have more

impact on self esteem than you know..One of the

best gifts you could ever give your daughter is a

sense of self-love and acceptance, so please,

please, please love her for who she is and don't

worry yourself (and eventually her!) over the

shade of her skin.

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Response from: Jacquline George,   
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Source: This information comes from my own knowledge.
Ms Shweta

Your baby is only 4 months old, not a bride to be. I understand that you want your baby to look her very best, but our society looks down on people with a dark shade of skin. I still dont know why, despite the education we possess.

According to my grandma, your baby will get the color, eventually which shows on her ears. You cannot change that, because the Almighty has made her that way, and He has given her 2 wonderful parents to look after her, and give her confidence.

However, as a mother, when she grows up, show her ways to keep the skin she is born with, healthy and beautiful.

Do your duties a parent, and leave all these worldly things to the end. Raise her as a girl with a good heart. Better to be a person who looks good on the outside, and absolutely worthless inside.

I hope, you will find this enlightening. Honestly, I was pained, when I saw this question. Because, I feel, even though we have a drawer full of degrees, we still dont take away the stigma attached to a dark skin.

Unless we change, we cannot expect the world to.

Your daughter is beautiful, keep telling her that, and raise her as a good human being.

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Response from: AAA kumar,   
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Hai shweta u sais ur 4 months old baby change whe she cries..okay every baby had the blood circulation upto first 5 months.so if the baby is wheatish complexion she will go dark while she cries.but she will be fine after 1 month.and one more thing dont use massage oli with intergrients vitamin e. becos vitamin will always keep dark....it has the power like sun....u can get vitamin E from sun to ur skin.so avoid that VITAMIN E massage oil.u can search withour massage oil.u said that lips is going blue colour.u should ask to doctor now itself.we cant assume anything right........and moreover dont worry abt the complexion....i hope u will be fine

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Response from: Bond 007 James,   
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hi, babies of few months old change their complexion regularly unless they are pure white or black.

we can understand your concern as a mother,but the permanent color of the baby is acquired by genetic origin..

my advice is wait till the baby reaches atleast 2 years,then you can try some natural remedies to improve the complexion..

if you apply any fairness creams or any other remedies, she will develop permanent skin problems.

if you have any other concers,better to check with the paediatrician and follow his advice..

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Response from: Prabhakara Rao Kuppili,   
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It is due to vitamin and mineral deficience. Consult a good Paedristritian. If you did not find a good paedriatrition Pl. use amultivitamin mineral drops of a branded pharma and citrous drops, woodwords griph water

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Response from: Suresh chandra Padhi,   
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Hi shweta,

Your baby is absolutely fine. As you have rightly said, in winter color of skin tends to look darker.There are many ways (facial cleansner recipes) to improve complexion.

It will be too early for your baby to undergo all those as she is only four months young.

You may desire to wait and watch till she goes to play school.

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Response from: Jamuna Kubendran,   
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Do Johnson and Johnson baby oil for massage ur child, for complexion.. Kindly go for doctor suggestion regarding Blue lips for babies, is not good..

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Response from: kjgjnuhyfasg hasrh,   
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Don't worry about the complexion. The complexion of baby varies for about a year. The complexion of a child not only depends on father and mother but also grandparents. So don't worry. To improve the complexion you can give olive oil massage. Coconut oil can also be used since it has antioxidant properties .

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Response from: dannielle blackburn,   
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Check on Indiaparenting.com it will give you a ton of info. on Newborn care!~!

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