Common Baby Illnesses and What to Do
Babies can be prone to many types of ailments as their immune systems are yet to be fully developed. In certain cases, newborns can also face problems with their organ functions. As a parent, any symptom exhibited by your baby can be a source of anxiety. However, being fully prepared and knowing symptoms will help you deal with it calmly.
Symptoms: The most significant sign that your baby suffers from colic is their non-stop crying. The cry of a colicky baby can go on for hours and be more intense than normal cries when they’re hungry or need a nappy change. Colic crying also involves screaming, clenched fists, flaying legs and arms and generally more movement than usual. Colicky babies can also have their usual timetable disrupted by the crying.
What you can do: The causes of colic are not clear, but it can sometimes be due to digestive problems. Try the ‘colic carry’ which applies gentle pressure on your baby’s belly or try to burp your child. Otherwise, it helps to create a quiet environment where he or she can rest.
Symptoms: Bright red patches of irritated skin around the buttocks. Sometimes, your baby’s mood may change and they may be easily irritable and cry more from the discomfort. Diaper rash can have several causes, like chafing and sensitive skin. It’s most commonly due to infrequent diaper changes, causing the buttocks to be damp and inviting bacterial or fungal infections.
What you can do: You can try to let your baby’s bum air more often by having longer diaper-free periods. Using diaper rash cream will help soothe the discomfort and redness too. Change diapers as often as possible and wash your baby’s bum with warm water and dry it thoroughly before using a new nappy.
The Common Cold
Symptoms: The common cold is due to a viral infection that affects your baby’s nasal area. Symptoms include sneezing, stuffed nose, fever, decreased appetite, coughing, and others.
What you can do: If your baby is younger than 3 months, it’s advisable to visit the doctor as early as possible to rule out and prevent more serious illnesses. Other than that, you can prevent your baby from catching colds by preventing contact with a sick person and washing your hands before you nurse or carry them.
Symptoms: Jaundice is caused by the build-up of molecules called bilirubin in the bloodstream. Bilirubin is toxic to the brain at very high concentrations. Usually, in humans, the liver is able to break bilirubin down to a non-dangerous substance, but in some babies, the liver still isn’t functioning fully so bilirubin builds up.
The most common characteristics if jaundice is a yellowish or orange color on the skin. Apart from that, their appetite may be low, and they may have trouble sleeping or waking up.
What can you do: There are no home remedies for jaundice, so treatment has to be done at the hospital, where your child will be placed under a special light. They may also be supplied with intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration and malnutrition to help in the healing process.
Here at Mommy Mansion, our team of professionally trained nurses will be on hand to handle any health issues that may arise, so you can rest assured about your child’s health.