Why is my newborn sneezing so much?

And why is it more common if your baby was born via C-section?

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Newborns are curious creatures, and have lots of things going on that we had no idea about before we had them: bow legs, cross eyes and hairy bodies to name but 3 ?

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And here’s another one you might not have known about: it’s actually pretty common for new babies to sneeze a lot.

“My baby Gabe often is about to sneeze and then it just… goes!” mum gsmummy55 told us on our forum.

“Then when he finally sneezes he says “ahhhh” and laughs! It’s so cute.”

Assuming it’s not a cold, what’s going on? GP Dr Philippa Kaye reveals all:

“Your baby’s lungs were filled with fluid when they were in your womb.

“As your baby travelled through the birth canal, this fluid tends to be squeezed out but a little may remain causing them to sneeze!

“This is more common in babies born by Caesarean section as they have not had the time in the birth canal to get rid of the fluid.

“Sneezing is also the way that your baby learns to clear any particles or dust from their nose and to open a closed nostril – so it doesn’t always mean that they have a cold.

“Howeve,r any newborn with a temperature needs to be seen by a doctor.”

The more you know… ?

Dr Philippa Kaye is a London GP who has written several books on pregnancy and childcare including The First Five Years. See www.drphilippakaye.com and follow her on twitter @drphilippakaye

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