Almost all babies have bluey-grey eyes at birth and it can take weeks or months for them to become what will be their lasting colour. Babies with dark skins may be born with brown eyes.

In the first day or two, your baby’s eyelids may be a bit puffy. His eyes may also get sticky. If this happens, your midwife will show you how to bathe them carefully using clean pieces of cotton wool for each eye to stop cross infection.

A lot of newborn babies look a little cross-eyed or as if they have a squint. This is only temporary and usually goes away in the first month or two as their eye muscles become stronger. Some have small red marks on the whites of their eyes, which are caused by pressure on the blood vessels during birth. These can look very alarming, but they are nothing to worry about. They generally disappear in a couple of weeks.