As new parents, you spent the nine months of pregnancy preparing yourself to welcome your newborn, however a new mother may not be very aware of the illness signs that may appear on a baby and when it can be ok to handle the sickness herself and when to ask for a doctor’s help, here are common signs of sickness for babies less than six months old.
Fever itself is not a disease but rather the immune response that indicate another underlying disease and mainly an infection, call your doctor if your baby is three months young or younger and having a rectal fever of 100.3 F or of your baby is older than three months of age and having 100 F temperature, other signs that may happen with the fever include poor feeding, difficulties sleeping, or sleeping too long, stiff neck, irritability, troubles breathing and sweating.
Dehydration is a fetal condition for babies and it can happen if the baby has a fever, wearing too much cloth in a warm environment, have a persistent vomiting or diarrhea, you can recognize dehydration by noticing less wet diapers, no tears while crying, dry tongue and when the fontanel (the soft part in the baby’s head) is shrinking quickly.
Diarrhea is common in infants, however contact your doctor immediately if you notice blood in the baby’s stool, it may appear bright red or black, the baby has dehydration signs, having more than sour watery stools a day and not getting enough Fluids.
Vomiting is different to the normal “spit up” babies do after feeding, if the baby vomited more than two times in a day especially if it contains blood or appear green, call your doctor quickly if your baby is not holding nothing in his stomach and have dehydration symptoms.
– Difficulty Breathing.
If your baby is experiencing difficulties breathing you need to contact the doctor immediately specially if :
Your baby is breathing more rapidly than usual.
Your baby grunts while exhaling.
The tissue between the rips or upper abdomen is sucked in strongly while inhaling.
Your baby skin or lips have bluish tent.
– Redness, Oozing or bleeding.
If your infant’s navel or umbilical remnant start to ooze or bleed or the infants special parts turn red make sure to seek help it may be a sign of infection.
Rashes are common in infants but it may be a sign of concern if it covers a large area of the skin specially the face, it oozes, bleed , look infected or presist for more than two weeks.
Upper respiratory infections are also common for babies and it may last for up to two weeks, symptoms that may be accompanied include runny nose, cough, poor appetite and fever that may last one or two days.
Other symptoms that may cause concern include
Difficulties breathing as mentioned above.
Sever cough that cause the baby to vomit everything they eat.
The baby can’t sleep and feel fussy all the time.
If your baby has a fever that lasts more than two days or if the baby is less than three months old.
If the symptoms persist for longer than two weeks.
Finally, trust your motherly instinct and get a medical help Every time you worry there is abnormal symptom appearing on your baby, new mothers may be a bit confused to recognize sickness symptoms on their babies, once you notice a change in the baby’s energy levels or appetites and eating times, you should start getting concerned.