Baby Eye Color

Baby eye color is among the most fascinating part of his/her growth. Parents always debate about the eye color their baby will have. Is it going to be a single color or will it be a mix of different colors? Medical science tells us that the looks of the baby are a mixture of the genetic material of both parents; however, the mixing of the two genes can take place in a number of ways. Thus, the mystery surrounding the child’s resemblance to either parent cannot be ascertained until his/her birth.

After birth, you can easily get an idea about your child’s health just by having a good look at him/her. However, you would not know for sure about the color of his/her eyes right way. It might take some time before all of this revealed, particularly if the child’s eyes are of a very light color at the time of their birth.

What Determines My Baby’s Eye Color?

Genetic Property

Even though the color of the eyes is a genetic trait, it does not rely solely on genetics as is wrongly believed by people. If you and your partner both have blue eyes then there is a high chance that your baby is going to have blue eyes, but it’s not a dead certainty. Similarly, parents having brown eyes can expect their child to have brown eyes, but nothing is guaranteed.

Babies who have a grandparent with blue eyes are most likely to have blue eyes, too. Babies whose parents have brown and blue eyes respectively have 50% chance of getting either blue or brown eyes. Babies born with one blue and one brown eye might be suffering from Waardenburg syndrome which is a rare genetic condition. You should consult a doctor in time.

Here is a chart showing you the likelihood of baby eye color based on the eye colors of you and your partner:

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Melanin is a pigment that gives color to our hair and our skin. This pigment is generated by cells and plays a very important role in determining baby eye color. Melanin production in the iris is initiated when the bright lights of the hospital hit the newborn’s eyes. The lesser the melanin production, the lighter will be the eye color of the baby; while the more melanin is produced, the darker will be the color of your baby’s eyes. Therefore, a little melanin will turn the eye color of a baby to blue, green, gray or hazel; while too much melanin will result in him/her getting brown or black eyes.

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