Parenting

Common Infant Illnesses

It’s  frightening when your baby is not acting normal. As a parent you learn quickly what your baby needs and when she is happy. She cries differently when her diaper is wet from the cry she produces when she is tired or hungry. You know what delights her and makes her giggle. When something is not right, you can sense it. Here are some common illnesses to keep an eye out for if your baby is out of her usual daily rhythm.

Colds

It is the most common disease of babyhood.  Blocked up breathing passages can cause your baby to cough and sneeze.  The virus can cause an irritation in your baby’s throat. Also, the irritation could be joined by a viral infection as well. While a baby is fighting a cold, her sleeping patterns are usually disrupted and eating patterns too. She can also have a low-grade fever and a running nose. If your baby is 3 months or under, schedule a doctor visit  right away, also bring your infant in no matter what age if she has any trouble breathing or her lips seem blue.

Constipation

If your infant’s stools are infrequent and hard, if your baby seems to be straining, and if there is any blood in the stool, visit your pediatrician. Your baby could be constipated. Your pediatrician may be able to suggest a different type of formula which will help her have softer bowel movements, or add more foods high in fiber to your baby’s diet if she is eating solids.

 

Ear Infections

Ear infections are the cause of bacteria growing in fluid which accumulated in the ear. The infected fluid causes pressure on the ear drum and also intense pain. If your baby can not get comfortable sleeping, is crying a lot, and does not

If your baby wakes up in the middle of the night and you suspect an ear infection, sit her upright. This allows the fluid in the ear to drain better and you can give her the recommended dose for an infant pain reliever.  Bring her in to the pediatrician as soon as possible and the pediatrician can examine the ears. If the ear appears infected, often antibiotics will be prescribed.

It is a disease of lungs which creates a difficulty in breathing by narrowing the air channels. It could be caused by the dust, viruses, air pollution etc. You are able to get more information about asthma by reading other articles in this category.

Fever

A fever is not an “illness” but it always signals one! It is like a red flag warning.  If your infant feels hot or seems flushed, take her temperature. To lower a fever you can give your baby a sponge bath with lukewarm water and give her pain reliever as recommended by her doctor.

Here are some tips as to when you should call the doctor if the fever persists.

  • Newborn- Two Months of age: Call the doctor if the fever reaches 100.2 degrees F (or above).
  • 3-6 Months of age: Call the doctor if the fever reaches 101 degrees F (or above).
  • 6 Months or older: Call the doctor if the fever reaches 103 degrees F (or above).
  • If the fever does not reach the recommended level, still monitor your baby for 24 hours. Many times a fever will go away on its own, but if your baby seems lethargic and pale, bring her in to the doctor no matter what. That is just as much of a sign as a fever that your child is sick.

Remember that with each illness, your baby’s immune system will grow stronger, and some of the best medicine you can give to your child other than what the doctor recommends is a lot of hugs, kisses, and cuddle time. Your baby will crave to be held by you when she is sick. Your love also will help your baby tackle the colds, fevers, and infections which she will catch from time to time.

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