Do babies scratch their faces in the womb?

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Do babies scratch their faces in the womb?
« on: 23/02/2016 16:50:01 »
Robert Benton asked the Naked Scientists:
   My wife and I are first-time grandparents. One of the pictures of Anna we received showed her wearing little mittens. I asked why and was told it was to prevent a newborn from scratching their face. My question is do babies scratch their face while still in the womb? And if not, why?  Thanks!
What do you think?
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Re: Do babies scratch their faces in the womb?
« Reply #1 on: 23/02/2016 20:44:02 »
finger nails are so paper thin on newborns.. I wonder if the amniotic fluid keeps them softer which prevents scratching..

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Re: Do babies scratch their faces in the womb?
« Reply #2 on: 24/02/2016 06:42:30 »
Robert Benton asked the Naked Scientists:
   My wife and I are first-time grandparents. One of the pictures of Anna we received showed her wearing little mittens. I asked why and was told it was to prevent a newborn from scratching their face. My question is do babies scratch their face while still in the womb? And if not, why?  Thanks!
What do you think?

This from a recent Great-Grand-Parent. 
I believe that babies are protected from doing such harm to themselves while in the womb.
Although there is probably new studies and I don't know what they might show, I remember being told that a baby's nails although they can be fairly long, while in the womb they are generally totally attached to the skin. 
Also the baby is wholly covered in a substantial layer of skin oil.
The combination of those two makes sure a baby can not harm itself before birth.
As I said my information may be outdated. 
If it is my defence is I am a very proud Great-Grand-Father.
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