Newborns present plenty of challenges. Most moms say parenting is harder than they initially thought. The baby being up all night and being sleep deprived are new experiences for first-time moms. You question whether or not there is something wrong with your child.
Having a sick child can be difficult. While most babies immune systems are robust during the first six months of life, illness is bound to happen. Some illness is common while some may need to be treated by a physician. If you’re worried, check with your doctor. Always trust your instincts. You know your child better than anyone.
What are some of the common health problems with babies?
Have you ever dealt with a colic baby? If you’re unsure then most likely, you haven’t. A colic baby can be incredibly frustrating at times because they’ll cry and cry, and nothing you do helps. They’re more than fussy. They’ll be inconsolable and at times screaming. A clear sign of colic is when they pull their legs up and then straighten them back out. Colic likes to strike at the worst hours, generally when everyone in the house is asleep. They become red-faced, and they’re hungry seem endless. No matter how much comfort you offer their colic can go on for hours at a time. It can be very frightening for you. Fair warning – don’t shake the baby. It won’t stop him or her from fussing. It will only make things worse and in some cases cause physical harm, like blindness, brain damage, and even death.
The bad news is this will occur daily but typically clears up by the time they reach three months of age. After hundreds of years of medical research colic is still a mystery. You can take some comfort in knowing that the baby in not in physical pain.
Keep calm and leave the room if you feel you’re getting heated.
Here are some ideas for calming your baby:
If you’re breastfeeding, try to cut out foods or drinks from your diet that might increase the colic. Some culprits are caffeine, beans, broccoli and other irritating foods. Another good idea is to hold your baby with his stomach down on your knees and rub his back. Rock the baby or gently stroke her head and pat her back. Play soothing music or use a vibrating chair.
If all else fails, leave your baby in his crib and see if he falls asleep. A couple of minutes of quiet time will do you a world of good. And as always if the baby seems in severe pain, call your doctor.
More than half of newborns suffer from gas during the first two months of their life. Your baby will grow fussy and cry after feedings. Sometimes they’ll seem better after relieving some of the gas. If the pain becomes persistent, you may need to get some over the counter drops, which are safe for babies of all ages. Another useful idea is warm, gentle pressure to the abdomen.
A baby’s temperature will vary throughout the day depending on her activity or time of day. Children are known to have higher temperatures. Remember everyone’s temperature tends to rise in the early evening.
A fever can mean many different things. It doesn’t necessarily mean illness. A fever is a sign of the body fighting an infection and can make you feel uncomfortable. If your baby exhibits a fever accompanied by other symptoms like diarrhea or vomiting, then you should call your doctor immediately. You should also increase her fluid intake if possible, so she doesn’t become dehydrated.
In a baby under two months old with a fever of 100.4 or higher have her checked. Your doctor will need to determine if there is something serious going on. In a baby over three months old call first and see what your doctor recommends. If there are no other symptoms, they may want you to wait it out and see if anything else develops. Again, if you’re concerned, insist on an appointment.
In the meantime, there are ways to treat the fever. Do not use Ibuprofen for children under the age of 6 months. Acetaminophens are usually safe, but be sure to follow the directions accordingly; calculated by the weight of your baby. Read the labels carefully to ensure you don’t overdose your child.
Diaper Rash is the inflammation of the skin, under the diaper. It’s typical to see it in babies from 9 – 12 months of age, as this is the time when they’re mostly sitting. You’ll notice the skin because red and irritated around the buttocks or genital areas. Common causes of the rash are friction – when the wet diaper rubs against the skin. Another source is irritation – when the baby is sitting in a wet diaper too long, and the acid of the urine or bowel movements causes redness.
New moms understandably get nervous when their baby seems to be suffering. Put your mind at ease with this information.
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