There may be a few things about your newborn baby that make you go "hmmm." Here are the answers to a few of the most common questions about having a new baby.

My baby's head looks cone-shaped, and her face seems a bit squished. Is this normal? Will it go away?

This is normal. Newborn babies' skull bones are not completely fused, allowing them to pass through the narrow birth canal. During birth, the baby's head may be squeezed into a cone shape. The face can also look puffy and a bit distorted – bent ears and flattened noses are quite common. But don't worry, your baby's head and face should return to normal within several days.

Why are my baby's eyes so puffy and bloodshot?

Puffy, bloodshot eyes in the days just after birth are another memento of your baby's trip through the birth canal. The pressure can cause broken blood vessels (which gives the bloodshot appearance) and swelling (which makes the eyes look puffy). Puffy eyes can also be due to the antibiotic ointments used just after the birth to prevent eye infections. Bloodshot eyes may look alarming but are usually not a sign of eye damage. Your baby's eyes should return to normal within several days. If your baby's eyes become puffy or bloodshot later on, check with your doctor.

My baby has lost weight since I brought him home – is this normal?

It depends on the timing and how much weight was lost. It's normal for babies to lose about 5% to 10% of their birth weight within the first 5 days of life. This is because of fluid loss and the small appetite that most newborn babies have in the first few days. Normally, babies will get back to their birth weight within 10 to 14 days. If your baby has lost more weight than this, or has not regained his birth weight within 2 weeks, check with your doctor.

My baby's body is covered with a fine coat of hair. What is it, and will it go away?

This hair is called lanugo. It grows to keep the baby warm in the uterus, and usually falls out before the baby is born. But some babies, especially premature babies, are born with lanugo. It's normal and will go away on its own within a few weeks.

My baby's breasts and genitals look swollen. Is something wrong?

A bit of breast and genital swelling is normal for newborn babies. It's caused by exposure to hormones in the womb. The genital swelling can also be caused by bruising when passing through the birth canal. These areas will return to normal within a few weeks.

My baby seems to have a bad case of acne. Isn't it a little early for her to have pimples?

Actually, it's quite common for a newborn baby to sprout a crop of little whiteheads. They occur when a baby's immature oil glands become plugged. Don't try to scrub or squeeze them – just leave them alone and they'll disappear on their own within a few weeks.