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When Does Baby Skin Color Stop Changing?

Kiran Verma

Written by Kiran Verma

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ubaid Khan, MBBS

Being a parent, I understand that you want to understand everything about your baby. Whether it is related to the physical development or color of the baby’s skin. And you know, it is not just you there are other parents too.

To help you out, with your question, when does baby skin color stop changing? 

When Does Baby Skin Color Stop Changing?

It is completely typical that the baby’s skin color changes with the coming months or the baby gets mature. If you want me to give you a certain time, then some babies take up to 6 months to develop their permanent skin color. This is mainly because of the genetics of the baby.

If you still do not get me, then what I mean is that the skin color of the baby depends on the genetics, genes that your little one inherits from you. Definitely, the color of your baby is the result of a number of distinct genetic substances.

Out of all, the most significant genetic substance is the melanin pigment, as this pigment determines the actual color of the baby. Therefore, changes in the color of the baby’s skin tone are the result of the inherited genes.

Further, it is essential for you to understand that the baby’s skin color changes with the response to the environment and health of the baby too. 

As you might notice that the color of the newborn when born appears to be purple or red, with time the baby breathes color changes to red. Further, within the first 24 hours of the birth of the baby redness of the baby’s skin fades.

However, you might still notice that the baby’s legs and hands have a bluish tinge that lasts for various days. 

No, you should not do anything to get away with this bluish tinge, it fades away as the baby’s blood circulation improves, and as the baby matures.

One thing to keep in mind, that if the rest of the body of the newborn has a bluish tinge you should run to the doctor shortly. 

I would like to know you with some of the things that you should notice while the phase of changing the color of the baby’s skin is going on.

What Does Different Skin Color of Baby’s Skin Indicate?

Here, you will get to know, about the skin color of the baby and what does it indicate concerning the baby’s health.

1. What Yellow Color of the Baby’s Skin Indicate?

What Yellow Color of the Baby's Skin Indicate?

Yes, the baby’s color turns yellowish, then that’s the matter of concern.

Why?

Because it is a sign of jaundice. Premature babies and more than half of the newborn babies suffer from jaundice during the week of the birth. 

To check, simply press the baby’s chest or forehead, if you notice that the yellowish color returns, run to the hospital. If not this, you can also gently press the forehead or nose of the baby, if your baby’s skin appear to yellow, your baby likely has mild jaundice.

While in some cases, your baby has to undergo a laboratory test to examine jaundice, which is the cause of various reasons.

To lessens the risk of jaundice, you should frequently breastfeed your baby especially in the first hours and days of the birth.

You do not have to panic, if your baby poop more, as that’s because of the feeding. To add, milk also allows the liver of the baby to process bilirubin.

Symptoms if your Baby have Severe Jaundice,

  • If your baby’s skin gets more yellow, it is a sign of severe jaundice
  • Baby will cry high-pitched
  • The abdomen, arms, or legs of the baby appears to be yellow
  • Baby seems tough to awaken, or sick, etc
  • The Baby’s white area in the eyes appear yellow
  • Not gaining weight of the baby or not feeding ideally

If you notice any symptoms of jaundice, you should contact the doctor instantly. You can also check if your baby is doing dark green poop.

2. Baby Blue Color Skin Due to Crying Out Rough

Baby Blue Color Skin Due to Crying Out Rough

The blue color of a newborn baby’s skin might be the cause of blood circulation, although it fades into red then pink color in 2-3 days. To be noted, if the blue color is not restricted to the hands and feet, then it might indicate that something is incorrect.  

Because of crying hard, the baby’s lips, mouth, or face might change its color to purplish or blue. Your baby is safe until the color goes away when the baby stops crying. However, if you still notice a blue tinge on the baby’s skin it shows the probable issue. 

If you notice a lasting blue color then it might point out cyanosis, which is a heart defect. When the baby’s heart does not pump oxygenated blood to the baby’s body and breathing issues are the reason for changing the color of a baby’s skin. 

Cyanosis Symptoms:

  • The main symptoms of cyanosis are bluish color of the lips, fingers, and toes due to low oxygenated blood
  • Some children also face breathing issues or breathlessness, especially after physical activity
  • Anxiety
  • Fainting or chest pain might also occur
  • While feeding an infant may be tired or sweaty

Moreover, Mongolian spots are blue or purple spots on the baby’s lower back and buttocks. These spots always vanish until the age of 4 years. And usually appears at the time of the baby’s birth or a few weeks of the baby’s life.

Yeah, you may be wondering the cause of these spots, so the concentration of the pigment cell is the reason why your little baby has these spots. 

Mongolian Blue Spots Symptoms:

  • Normal in skin texture
  • Appear in blue or blue-grey color on the buttocks, back, shoulders, the base of the spine, or other body areas
  • These spots are 2-8 cm larger or wide
  • Have unclear edge or are flat with irregular shape

At last, I would discuss the blue marks that appear on the baby’s skin during breastfeeding.

First, it is a very serious condition and you should immediately take this into account. Therefore, the reason for blue marks on the baby’s lips while breastfeeding is when the baby gets perplexed by the suck-swallow- breathe pattern. 

Next, around the baby’s mouth, there are interconnecting veins, that are termed as venous plexus. During breastfeeding, if the baby sucks these veins around his mouth, these veins engorged blood. Also, it is noticeable through the skin. Although, no need to panic, just try to feed the baby with more care.

You should seek a doctor’s advice if marks do not fade.

Conclusion

As you know, the baby’s skin, color, shape, and size of the head and body, etc are different. However, some distinctions are temporary and some are permanent. 

Temporary differences change as time passes, much like the change of the skin tone of the baby. While permanent differences like birthmarks do not change or go away. If you think the risk is severe, run to the doctor immediately.

Finally, what you can do is to understand how a change in the baby’s skin affects his health. You should also read how to improve baby’s skin color naturally.

Happy Parenthood!

Kiran Verma
Kiran Verma

Kiran Verma, founder, and author of BabyCart completed her post-graduation from CSJM University, Kanpur. However, the busy housewife that she is, yet, her being a mother changed her life when she had to face so many issues post-pregnancy, during pregnancy, and taking care of the baby. That encouraged her to commence the BabyCart blog with the motive to make pregnancy and parenthood uncomplicated, especially for new parents. Read more

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