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Common Concerns in a Newborn Baby

Written by
Dr. Sirisha
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Jul 14, 2014 and last reviewed on Nov 13, 2018   -  1 min read



This article discusses the conditions in a newly born baby, which a mother and family need to know about, as they cause much anxiety and unknown fear and also frequent unnecessary doctor visits.

Common Concerns in a Newborn Baby

Breathing Problems

Sounds near the chest while breathing without any breathing difficulty and noisy breathing are normal in a newborn. These conditions do not require any treatment. Nasal drops are sufficient in most cases.

Conditions that require attention are:

  • Fast breathing.
  • Change of color of lips, palms, and soles to blue or black.
  • Cessation of breath during feeds.
  • Sweating during feeds.

Normal Skin Changes

Skin changes observed in a newborn include:

  • Red colored rash over entire body with white top usually starting on the second or third day of life.
  • Tiny whitish lesions over the nose and hard palate.
  • Whitish yellow lesions over the forehead and scalp.


Bright red spots in the white of the eye soon after birth and mild redness over the eyelids is common in a newborn.


The cry can be due to many reasons

  • Hunger cry, which is the most common.
  • Wet or soiled nappy.
  • Sometimes before passing urine (sensation of discomfort).
  • Boredom.

A common cause of cry which requires medication is a colicky abdominal pain, usually in the evenings.

Presence of excessive cry, which does not subside with feeding or consoling requires the use of anti-colic drops.

Beware of irritable cry, which might be a sign of:

  • Infection.
  • Insect bites, which might not be apparent. Search for any rash/bite mark.
  • Nappy rash, which causes pain while passing stools/urinating.


Hiccups and sneezing are quite common. Hiccups usually occur due to swallowing air during feeds. Feeding can reduce hiccups.


Some white or red discharge from the vagina in girl babies.


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Last reviewed at:
13 Nov 2018  -  1 min read




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