Overheating is another immediate concern to photographers. We often pose in a heated environment and must watch the newborn for signs of overheating at all times. Newborns have barely any sweat glands compared to children or adults.  In newborns, active glands can only be found in the hairline at the nape of the neck as well as the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Some indications that the baby may be overheating include mottled skin, sweaty neckline, irritability, an indented fontanelle (the soft area at the front of the skull) and redness in the face. Should you witness any of these, remove layers, turn down the heat and attempt to cool the baby. This may also present a good time to send baby for a feed.

Humid environments can also suppress sweating, lead to overheating and result in mould growth. Ensure to read on for tips

Belly Button
Occasionally, the newborn’s bellybutton will become an area of concern. Many photographers worry that a foul smell, oozing, slight bleeding, ulceration or the cord clamp itself may cause discomfort or be of worry to the newborn. All of these are normal conditions associated with the loss of the umbilicus. The clamp itself can be very uncomfortable for baby in positions like the taco pose and can become stuck on textured blankets or catch on outfits. We must point out however, that it is not recommended under any circumstance to remove the umbilical cord clamp at your session, whether or not you have training or a medical certificate to allow such removal. Unless you are a practitioner functioning in your medical practice and the client has visited you as a medical practitioner for the purpose of examining the umbilicus and for possible removal of the clamp, you risk liability, injury to the newborn and loss of your reputation in removing the clamp yourself.

Photographers often also have questions surrounding circumcision and how to deal with babies who have undergone recent circumcision. Circumcised babies will often arrive with jelly and gauze surrounding the incision site. It is best to leave this in place to aid in the comfort and healing of the newborn’s genitals. Pressure to the area days after circumcision can cause pain and discomfort in the newborn. Occasionally, you may also notice bleeding from the circumcision site. In this instance, it is best to return baby to mom so that direct, gentle pressure can be applied to the site for 5-10 mins.

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