Causes Of Blackened Nails In Newborns?
Good morning, HealthReplies.com. My child is only 7 days old, but the bottom nails are black and some of the nails are gray “(darker than the top). Why?” Why? Is it normal for newborns to have dark nails? Thank you
Hello Ria Agustina,
Thank you for the question.
Black nails on newborns can indicate a medical condition, but depending on the characteristics of the black nails. Does the baby have a history of certain illnesses at birth, whether the baby is taking certain medications, whether the baby has experienced a history of being treated at the NICU, if there are other symptoms such as the baby appearing to have difficulty breathing, and others. Some blackish nail conditions can be caused by things like:
Pigment buildup under the nails tends to occur naturally in babies who have dark skin. Lack of iron. Congenital heart disease. Paronychia, or infection of the nails and surrounding tissue. It is recommended that you consult a pediatrician specialist so that the doctor can evaluate further complaints, conduct physical examinations such as listening to the baby's heart sounds to rule out the possibility of congenital heart disease, conducting investigations such as chest X-rays, or cardiac ultrasound to rule out the possibility of congenital heart disease. But the mother does not need to worry, because it could not be a certain medical condition. In the meantime, maintain the cleanliness of the baby's nails, and sufficient nutrition for babies, especially breast milk.
Hope this helps. :)