Facts About Infant Skin Color
Is it true that majority of mothers want their babies light-skinned? Well, I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case. Most people believe light is the new beautiful. What the problem is with dark-skinned babies, I have no idea! But light or dark, what makes a skin beautiful is its state of health not its color.
But this isn’t a motivational article; this is an information. Some new mothers worry about their baby’s skin color, especially when it suddenly changes. If you had the right information about your baby’s skin, you wouldn’t have to worry about anything. So, here are some facts about your baby’s skin.
Your baby takes his skin color from your family.
Don’t panic if your baby’s skin matches neither yours nor the father’s color; he probably took after his grandfather. Both I and my baby’s father are light-skinned, but our baby is dark-skinned. And guess what, both our fathers are dark in complexion. So, your baby may not necessarily take your skin color, that doesn’t mean there is a problem.
Your baby’s real skin color will be known only after six months.
Lots of babies born light-skinned eventually become dark-skinned, and vice versa. At this stage, everything in your baby’s body is still developing. And that includes blood circulation. After six months, blood would have circulated and the real color of skin becomes known. When my baby was born, she was very dark. Her ears were so dark, much darker than other parts of her body. She’s still dark, but much lighter than when she was born.
What you eat does not determine your baby’s color of skin.
You might have heard people say eating good food and lots of healthy fruits will give you a fair-skinned baby. Sorry, but no. It will give you a healthy, bouncing, and beautiful baby with great chances of survival. But it does nothing to the color of skin. Color of skin is determined solely by the genes that run in your family.
Light means less melanin, dark means more melanin.
The pigment that gives the skin its color is called “melanin”. Melanin protects the skin from damage due to the sun’s UV rays as well as other heat sources. Light skinned babies have less melanin, and dark skinned babies have more melanin. And that’s why light skins go dark when exposed to the sun for too long; melanin is being produced in excess.
Home remedies may or may not lighten skin color
First of all, don’t attempt to use bleaches and skin-lightening products on your baby’s skin in hopes of lightening it. You will kill it before it’s had the chance to live. Home remedies such as honey, cucumber, and others (read: “Tips to Lighten Your Child’s Complexion”) may help improve the skin tone. And even if it doesn’t, rest assured the health of the skin is definitely being improved.
Essentially, what you should be concerned about is the health of your baby’s skin. Dark or light, the way you take care of it will determine its outlook.
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