Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Will Your Child's 'Baby Blues' Stay Blue?

It's a common question for parents: Will my baby's eyes stay this color?

For many, the sparkling, baby blue eyes that many newborns are born with are adored by parents, with the hope that their baby's eyes will stay the same color. It's hard to know exactly what your child's eye color will end up being, but you can expect it to darken over the coming months.

This is because the iris, which is the colored part of the eye, will continue to darken over the first 9 months. This doesn't necessarily mean that your little one won't have the same eye color as he or she does now, but chances are likely that it will darken somewhat. The irises will never lighten however, so your baby won't end up with lighter eyes.

Children born from African and Asian descent generally have brown eyes that stay brown. Caucasian babies on the other hand, are often born with steel grey or dark blue eyes. Some continue to stay a steel grey or blue color, while others evolve into green, brown or hazel by the time the 9-month mark rolls around.

What happens if your child ends up with blue eyes and you and your partner both have brown? No need to worry about where the sparkling blues came from, as blue eyes come from two recessive genes. So in this case, you and your partner both possess the recessive gene for blue eyes. But remember, brown eyes are dominant genes, which means your next baby could very well have brown peepers.

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