Characteristics Of Mental Health

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The appearance and texture of a newborn infant's skin goes through many changes.

See also: Changes in newborn at birth

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Newborn skin characteristics; Infant skin characteristics


A healthy newborn at birth typically has:

  • Deep red or purple skin and bluish hands and feet. The skin darkens before the infant takes his or her first breath (when they make that first vigorous cry).
  • A thick, waxy substance called vernix covering the skin. This substance protects the...
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