Parents want to do everything they can to ensure their children stay healthy. But because infants cannot yet communicate through language when they’re feeling ill, moms and dads need to learn how to recognize the signs of common illnesses and conditions that babies experience. While most of these problems are not likely to become serious, it’s still important to keep a watchful eye for certain symptoms; your baby relies on you to take action, and left untreated, these conditions could become much worse. Here are just a few of the conditions that commonly occur in infants, as well as their telltale signs.
- Ear infections
When a young baby develops an ear infection, you may not be able to recognize the source of their discomfort at first glance. As children grow older, they will be able to identify that the pain is coming from their ear, but infants will often just cry. That makes it difficult to distinguish between other needs. But if your baby develops a fever, has a runny nose, or vomits, an ear infection may be to blame. The pain tends to get worse when a child is nursing or lies down, as well. While some ear infections do clear up on their own, many young children will require an antibiotic. If your baby displays these symptoms, be sure to head to your doctor’s office right away.
The exact causes of colic are a bit of a mystery, but most doctors think the condition may stem from indigestion pain, hunger, milk sensitivity, or emotional overstimulation. A colicky baby will cry for more than three hours a day for at least three days out of the week, for more than three weeks. Colic may occur a few weeks after a baby is born, but it tends to worsen when an infant is between four and six weeks old. A baby with colic will typically show signs of improvement by the three month mark, and by the time they reach four to five months of age, most colicky babies have improved significantly. However, many mothers won’t want to wait that long for their child to be relieved of their pain. Fortunately, there are natural remedies for colic. Some of the most popular and effective natural remedies for colic include following a clean diet when nursing or, in the event a mother is no longer nursing, switching baby formulas. Since what your baby ingests can have a big effect on their comfort level, these methods often prove to be successful. There are other natural remedies for colic too, like giving your baby take a warm bath to comfort them.
- Diaper rash
Diaper rash can occur as a result of diapers being changed too infrequently, but it can also happen simply because your child’s skin is especially sensitive or you’ve introduced a new food into their diet. As a result, the skin on your baby’s bottom will become inflamed, and the sight can be rather alarming to many parents. Your baby may also seem less comfortable than normal. A diaper rash will usually clear up with at-home treatments like air drying, ointment, and more frequent changing. However, if the rash doesn’t clear up within a few days, you should see a professional. And if your baby’s rash is particularly severe, gets worse, shows signs of bleeding or oozing, or is followed by a fever, make an appointment with your doctor immediately.
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