Health issues to watch out in infants

July 13, 2016
  • New moms or first-time parents have several panic moments in their life. It is apparent for parents to get worried about infant’s health.  Here is a quick guide to some of the most common health issues related to infants.

    Why you should see a doctor in case of stomach, ear and upper respiratory infection.

    Upper respiratory infection

    You can watch and notice changes for a day or two. If your baby has increased congestion, fussiness, cough, poor appetite or fever which lasts for more than a day then it’s time to see a doctor. Ease congestion making use of a nasal aspirator or humidifier, or by simply raising mattress of the crib. You can place a pillow below the mattress. Schedule an appointment with the doctor in case fever lasts for more than three days.

    Ear infection

    If you notice fever, trouble while sleeping, pulling the ear or fussiness which lasts for more than three days following upper respiratory infection or congestion, then visit the doctor. In the case of these symptoms, see a doctor if your baby has severe pain and is younger than six months.

    Stomach virus

    Watch infant if he has diarrhoea, fever which lasts for two or three days, vomits for two to three days or fussiness in the baby.  As long as your infant is consuming fluids and urinating, there is not much need to worry as medicines will help improve the condition.

    Schedule an appointment with the paediatrician if either fever or vomit lasts for more than two days. Or, if your baby drinks nothing and goes for more than six hours without urinating or if there is a presence of blood in her stool, you just seek doctor’s advice.  There is very possibility your baby might be having a serious infection such as E Coli or salmonella. These conditions can be treated with antibiotics only. And, in case your infant is dehydrated, he may require IV fluids. 

    Is it normal for babies to cry at night?

    Babies cry a lot. It is a universal truth. However, when you have a baby in your arm crying at the top of his voice then all you wonder is something might be wrong with him. Often parents become depressive when infants do not cry even after putting in so many efforts. Almost all infants, no matter how easy-going, become cantankerous as soon as night falls indicating the beginning of “witching hours”. Each baby is inconsolable for a particular time span.

    This process of crying, usually, starts within the first month or two. It just becomes heightened during five and eight weeks. It is gone by the third month of your baby’s arrival.While baby crying is inconvenient and upsetting, it is normal.

    Is your little one Constipated?

    First few weeks of your baby’s arrival can be extremely demanding. All you might find yourself doing is tallying dirty and wet diapers. Usually, six soiled and six wet diapers are common among newborn infants. However, as your infant gets older, you might notice a change in the poop department. Somewhere after baby’s first month, most of them go through a slowdown in their bowel movement.    

    You can easily find out if your baby is having constipation. If his bowel movements are hard and he screams or cries while having poop, you should talk to a paediatrician. Doctor will prescribe ointment or diet accordingly.

    Some health issues are common to happen in newborn babies. Instead of panicking, consult the doctor and go with the flow.

    Summary

    It is apparent for new moms to have plenty of panic moments.  This especially stands true for the first-time moms who have no idea about different things happening with the baby. The best way to deal with the situation is to consult the doctor as and when necessary and go with the flow. 

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