While you're changing your newborn baby's diapers, you might notice that their genitalia isn't exactly what you expected. Don't be alarmed—depending on your baby's gestational age, his or her genitals might appear different. So what is considered normal? It's not unusual for newborn baby's genitals to have these characteristics:
- Baby girls—especially ones born prematurely—may have a noticeably large clitoris and inner labia. A full-term baby girl will have a prominent outer labia.
- Your newborn baby girl might have some whitish discharge or bloody mucus (like a "mini-period") in their diaper during the first few weeks. That's perfectly normal.
- Premature baby boys tend to have flat scrotum with undescended testicles. In a full-term baby boy, the testicles should have descended and the scrotum might appear swollen.
If vaginal bleeding continues beyond the first week or if scrotal swelling doesn't disappear after six months, consult with a doctor. Chances are that everything is fine, but better safe than sorry!