Instead of the picture-perfect cherub, babies often look bluish, are covered with blood and cream-cheesy glop, and look like they've just been in a fist-fight. The features that may make a normal newborn look strange are temporary. After all, babies develop while immersed in fluid, folded up in an increasingly cramped space inside the uterus. Then in most deliveries, they're pushed through a narrow, bone-walled birth canal. When you'll get to first see and touch your newborn may depend on the type of delivery, your condition, and the condition of your baby.
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Infections can and will arise if stuff is allowed to sit there. You can gently spread the labia to get a good look and make sure there isn't anything "hiding" in a fold. Soaps and other kinds of cleansers can also create problems so use a moistened cotton ball or swab instead of the wipe. If I recall, baby pee while having mother's milk is pretty inoquous. I remember wiping my baby on the outside for this along with a very gentle wipe between the labia, but not needing to be too concerned about being extremely thorough.
More to read The causes of fused labia The labia are normally separate at birth, and for a couple of months after birth, because the hormone oestrogen from the mother has crossed through the placenta to the baby. What does it look like? The labia are joined together by a thin membrane thin 'skin' , starting from the back of the labia near the anus , usually with a hole at the front that urine can come through. The entrance to the vagina can be completely hidden. What problems can occur?
Contamination from bowel bacteria, an allergy or sensitivity to baby products are the main causes. Treatment Depending on the underlying cause, a topical cream may be prescribed. Prevention Always practise good hygiene by using gentle pH-balanced products that are unscented.