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It is common that a few days after birth the baby has a soft and transparent bump of skin in the central part of the upper lip. It is what we know as a callus or suction blister.
It has rather little callus, since as we have said its consistency is soft, and it is common in babies who begin to suck (either breastfeeding or artificial).
The characteristics of the suction callus are as follows:
- It is not bothersome for the baby.
- Does not require special care. They do not have to be plucked, nor do they need special hydration (it is not lip dryness).
- It is soft, whitish and located in the central part of the upper lip.
- It usually falls a few weeks spontaneously.
In principle, what you need is for the skin to get used to the friction to which it is exposed during all the hours a day that the baby suckles.
In early infancy, some babies have a bump in the middle of the upper lip. These are calluses produced by the friction that occurs when feeding (with the nipple or with the breast). Usually the cause is this, another reason why the baby must get used to his extrauterine life.
However, there are times when the presence of the suction callus is a symptom of a poor attachment by the baby to the mother's breast; It can be a sign of the presence of a lingual frenulum. It should make us think that it is not physiological the fact that a persistent callus occurs over time, accompanied by other symptoms such as:
- Very long feeds, the baby gets tired and falls asleep.
- Inadequate weight gain.
- Click when sucking, you can hear perfectly how the baby loses the vacuum when sucking.
- Painful feeding for the mother, presence of cracks in the nipples.
In these cases the presence of the callus is due to the baby not latching on well, and uses too much lips and gums to be able to suck. In these cases, it is recommended that the mother go to the midwife or a lactation consultant to rule out problems with grip, the presence of a frenulum or correct her posture.
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