Swollen genitals and enlarged breast tissue are common for newborn boys and girls. This swelling and redness is caused by the rush of the hormone estrogen, which is passed from mother to baby before birth. These estrogen levels start to lower soon after baby is born.
Why are baby genitals swollen when born?
Both male and female infants may develop swollen and red genitals during their passage through the birth canal. This is thought to be due to increased levels of hormones, or due to a prolonged labor. Fluid may also accumulate in some areas with loose tissue, such as the female vagina and labia, as well as in the face.
Are babies born with swollen genitals?
Yes. Swollen genitals are common in newborns for a few reasons. Newborns are born with extra fluid in their bodies. That fluid tends to collect in specific areas, particularly the face (causing puffy eyes) and genitalia (causing swollen labia in girls or a swollen scrotum in boys).
How long will my newborns genitals be swollen?
A baby girl’s swelling will decrease in a couple of weeks, but a baby boy’s swelling may take a few weeks to a few months before it goes away. It’s also common for girls to have a mucous discharge with streaks of blood from the vagina up to one week after birth.
Why are my babies balls swollen?
If your baby’s testicles are swollen just after birth, it’s most likely because of the extra fluid newborns carry or the extra dose of hormones he may have received from you just before birth. This swelling is harmless, and he’ll flush the fluid out in his pee after a few days.
How do you take care of a baby girls genitals?
To clean your baby girl’s labia, wet a cotton ball with warm water, hold your baby’s legs apart and wipe between the labia with the cotton ball. Start at the front and gently wipe backwards. Use a new cotton ball if you need to wipe again. Dry your baby’s genital area by gently patting with a soft towel.
Does my baby have a hymen?
As the fetus develops, the inner part of the vaginal tube dissolves and becomes hollow. When the vaginal opening extends, the remnants of the tube’s membranes protrude out the bottom and form the hymen. The hymen of a newborn baby is quite thick and can rupture naturally within the first few days of birth.
When does baby hydrocele go away?
Hydroceles in babies usually go away on their own by the time a child is 1–2 years old. If the hydrocele doesn’t go away or if it happens with another condition (like a hernia), surgery may be needed.
Will swollen testicle go away?
A mild swollen testicle after an injury is common and often goes away after a few days. However, large, or sudden swelling should be immediately treated, as it may point to a more serious underlying condition.