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Complexion In Newborn – My Baby Is Becoming Darker!

by rina
(giridih,jharkhand,india)

Complexion in newborn

My baby is 4 months old. At birth she had a fair colour but within 2 months her colour is now dark.

Why has my baby’s skin color changed so much and is there anything I can do to make her more fair again?

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Development Of Babies’ Skin Color

What a beautiful baby girl you have! Congratulations!

Regarding her skin color, it is completely normal that she has become darker with age. Most babies are relatively fair, even pink when newborn, but depending on race and genes, the baby’s skin then changes during the first year to its real color. So there is no need to worry at all!

I would guess, since you are from India, that you are affected by the ideals that fair is in some way better than dark. The best you can do, is to try to ignore these old traditions that say absolutely nothing about the qualities of your daughter. Our children need us to love them just the way they are; not wishing for them to be something else.

Also, there isn’t much you can do about it. I know there are old recommendations to massage babies with milk or powder for example to make the skin fair, but that doesn’t help at all; these recommendations are all pure myths. Keeping your daughter out of the direct sun light is good of course, not the least for protecting her from being burnt.

So, please don’t worry, your daughter is normal and in my view an incredibly cute baby! Enjoy your time with her!

Warm wishes,

Paula

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Comments for “Complexion In Newborn – My Baby Is Becoming Darker!”

Feb 11, 2012

complexion

by: niomi


Hi!! I had a baby girl born 24 weeks 1 pound 5 ounces. She had alot of complications and is currently in the hospital after 4 months. she had jaundice but that was taking care of early in life. her body had darken but her face is still lite. Some days she look light and somedays she look olive. when is her complextion going to set in and why her complexion still changing


Feb 17, 2012

It takes time
by: Paula


Hi Niomi,

I am sorry to hear that your girl was born so early, but it is fantastic that she survived and is making progress.

Regarding her complexion; Still being almost premature or at least has just now reached the age when she should have been born, she is probably still very small and skinny. During the months to come she will put on weight and then probably start to appear more fair.

But regardless of her color – she is a fantastic fighter and a small miracle. So try not to worry about her appearance at all, instead cherish every moment with your little darling.

My daughter was almost born in week 25, but with medical help and bed rest for three months she was just a little bit early when she was born. But I did learn some about the the risks and problems if born so early.

Take care of yourself and your little girl. Soon enough she will be a chubby, giggling little baby girl.

Paula


Mar 01, 2012

Dark

by: Anonymous


My baby is very dark like charcoal, while I have very light skin. But the dad is charcoal too, i feel like crying.


Mar 05, 2012

Children are ALL beautiful…

by: Dana


It’s really sad that dark complexions in a baby can make the parents sad. Every child is created just beautifully, in every shade and color, and should be celebrated and loved just the way they are.

We shouldn’t burden our children with OUR issues and these old traditions of beauty which are colonialist and completely shallow.

Children are a blessing and are ALL beautiful! Make sure you love them and celebrate them just the way they ARE, not mourn who you wish they were.


Mar 26, 2012

colour
by: Anonymous


My baby boy is 5 weeks old.when he was born he was white but now he is black. his father is white but my color is not.


Jul 12, 2012

help ! i make my baby fair
by: nisha


Hello doctor, I am from punjab and my name is nisha. My baby is just 10mnth old.when she was born she is so fair and beautiful but now she is so dark in color.my color is fair but my husband is also dark in color.so doctor pls tell me some home made tips then i make my baby color agin fair and beautiful.


Jul 12, 2012

About a little girl’s skin color
by: Paula (Easy Baby Life)


Nisha,

I know very well how fair is perceived much more beautiful than dark in India. But since skin color is inherited, there really is nothing to do about it!

Instead of mourning your daughter’s color, make up your mind to be her fighter – she is just as beautiful as any fair child! This is the 21st century and no child anywere should be judged by skin color, in my opinion. So stand up for her and yourself and accept and love her just the way she is, even if it is against the common views where you live.

Warm regards,

Paula


Nov 15, 2012

baby color

by: Anonymous


my baby is dark when he is born. Will he gain colour after few weeks? Me and my husband is fair.


Feb 27, 2013

niku
by: mayuri


My baby boy 3 months was too fair when born.bv gradually his only face colour is getting dark. I’m fair bv my hubby is dark…. What can i do to stop it


Mar 24, 2013

preconceived beauty issue
by: Anonymous


What is wrong with you all? Skin colour is not important in life. The fact that you are lucky enough to be able to have healthy children of any color is amazing.

Surely you know if you are light and your partner is dark that or vica versa there is a 50/50 chance your child will be dark

Take your little miracles, give them a big hug and get over yourselves. You are the ones with the problem not the baby as they have no preconceived ideas of what beauty is until society fills their head with rubbish.


Apr 05, 2013

babies face fair n body dark

by: Anonymous


hi im leela. when my baby born she is fair but her ears were dark. who ever c her told she will become dark. now she is 6mnths old her face is fair but her body is dark why is it?


Apr 25, 2013

Seriously people
by: Anonymous


There is nothing wrong with your kids whether they have fair or dark completion thank God at least you are able to have kids, there are many people who want to be able to have kids but can’t, so be thankful and stop hating yourselves. Beauty is inside not outside. My husband looks like a model and I am not “great looking” and people always ask how come he choose you? My husband says I care about your brain not your looks… so try to spend the time in making your kids inside beautiful not their outside. Break the Taboos!! FOR GOD’S SAKE WAKE UP and STOP SELF HATRED!


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  • chintha

    doctor.

    me and my husband both fair but my son is body is darker and face is fair now he is 3 and half month. i am worry about it.his ear half lighter.even body some areas lighter should i worry

    • http://www.easybabylife.se/ Paula Dennholt

      Hi,

      It is quite natural that the body color varies a little bit over the body. It just shows more if someone is darker. Unless he seems to have some skin condition, making it dry, raw, with very definded color differences in certain areas or something else, I wouldn’t worry. I hope your son is just fine!

  • Vaibhav

    Thanks Paula for such sharing great advises with everyone,

    My 3 month old daughter has little dark legs but her face color is fair.
    Anything we should try to make body complexion same over face and legs.

    Regards,
    Vaibhav

  • Brittany

    Paula, thank you for the kind and compassionate way you answer worried mothers. You are a blessing and a great role model for providing supportive knowledgable answers. Thank you!

    • http://www.easybabylife.se/ Paula Dennholt

      Thanks a lot, Brittany, for your kind words! :-)