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The 15 Easy Ways to Know Your Baby Is Sick

The baby is sick?! Every expectant mother prays for a healthy baby and a safe delivery. When that wish comes to pass, she is overjoyed to be able to take her baby home. Mothers rejoice when they learn that their child is well and protected from harm, but that is always somewhat difficult for them to do for a newborn baby. It is because an infant will not inform you if they are unwell or in discomfort. After all, they can not speak yet.

It is crucial to keep an eye on your baby when they are still very young, just after you bring them home from the hospital because you will learn about their behavior and personalities. That will assist you in mastering it, and you will be able to identify any changes in a child’s behavior immediately that happens.

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You will be able to tell if your baby is well or not by seeing a behavior change. Loss of appetite, persistent crying, fever, lethargy, umbilical cord infection, irregular stools/urination, diarrhea, or vomiting, among other signs, may indicate that your child is ill.

Many mothers who have previously had children would understand what I am talking about here. Infections are more common in newborns. In fact, many of them desire that a child would come with a reader’s manual to assist the mother in taking proper care of it. Regrettably, this is impossible for everyone, whether you are a new mother or have just had your first child. You must learn and practice to keep your child safe.

I can promise you that determining whether or not your child is ill is difficult, but you will notice if you pay close attention. That is the primary reason why all mothers of newborns should keep a watchful eye on their children to ensure they are healthy.

This article will take you through some signs to look for in an infant to tell if they are unwell and what to do when you find out your child is sick, and most importantly, what to do to keep your child away from infections.

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Signs your child may be sick

1. Fever

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Fever may be the earliest sign of a dangerous infection in newborns and young infants aged three months or less. Fever can be caused by respiratory disorders such as colds, croup, pneumonia, ear infections, stomach bugs, urinary infections, and other bacterial and viral infections.

Take your newborn baby to the doctor as soon as you observe a temperature even slightly above the normal range, especially if the temperature is above 100.4 F. (38 C). Your doctor may recommend that you use a digital rectal thermometer to precisely take your baby’s temperature.

2. Diarrhoea and Vomiting

Spitting is a common occurrence among children. But keep an eye on them if they vomit for that could indicate that the baby is sick. A single bout of vomiting is not usually a cause for concern. However, if the situation persists, dehydration may become a problem. It could also be a sign of an intestinal viral or bacterial infection, a blockage, or another issue. If your child is vomiting and has diarrhea regularly, take them to the hospital.

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3. The baby sleeping a lot more than usual

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It is a cause for concern if your baby is sleeping more than usual. Babies sleep a lot, but if you find that yours is sleeping a lot more than usual, they could be unwell—sick children sleep longer than expected and may be difficult to wake up for feedings. You might even notice that when you wake them up, they are drowsy. If your baby becomes lethargic or unresponsive, speak with their doctor for it could mean that it is sick.

4. Decrease in urination

Newborn babies have a lot of pee. If you discover that your baby’s pee has decreased, it could be an indication of an infection. Once you see anything unusual, such as blood in the urine or a bloody patch on the diaper, take the infant to the hospital right away as this could mean that the baby is sick.

5. Irregular stools

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If your infant is breastfed or bottle-fed and has very hard or dry faeces, it could mean they need more fluids or are losing too much fluid due to fever, illness, or heat.

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6. Changes in feeding patterns.

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Newborns are hungry every three to four hours and display hunger symptoms by sucking on fingers or hands, wailing, and making rooting motions. Keep an eye out for indicators of weak sucking or inability to suck for long periods in newborns because that may indicate sickness.

If you have to wake your baby to feed them or not finish their meals, they could be unwell.

7. Sweating

Sweating is another symptom that your infant is ill. Sweating is common, especially on a hot and sunny day or when they are warmly dressed.

However, when a newborn baby is sweating, and the weather is cool, particularly if the baby is sweating while eating, it could be a sign of sickness. Call your doctor in such kinds of situations.

8. Changes in their crying

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Every baby cries. Because they are unable to speak, this is their only means of communication.

When babies are in pain, hungry, want to sleep, or desire a cuddle, they develop distinct sorts of crying throughout time. However, if your baby continues to cry despite your efforts to soothe it by holding it, breastfeeding it, bathing it, or changing its diaper, it could be a sign of illness. When this happens, take your baby to the doctor.

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9. Infection of the umbilical cord.

An umbilical cord is severed when a baby is born, leaving a stump that will fall off within a few days. Doctors will offer you specific instructions and tell you things you need to know about it to keep the baby healthy until it falls off on its own. Only use gauze and water to clean the stump.

DO NOT take it out or immerse your baby in water until the stump has fallen out. Because you have been released from the hospital, it is your responsibility to watch the umbilical cord stump for signs of infection. Keep an eye out for indicators such as foul-smelling, yellow drainage from the stump, as well as redness, swelling, or soreness of the skin surrounding the stump. If you see anything unusual, take your child to the doctor for a checkup.

10. The baby is pale

Your newborn or toddler may appear pale as a result of a cold or another sickness. Anaemia, or an iron shortage that causes a reduction in oxygen-carrying red blood cells, is a less prevalent reason. It may also appear irritated and tired, and it may not be eating properly if it is anaemic.

If this occurs, see a doctor right away.

11. Trouble breathing could indicate the baby is sick.

Because newborns’ respiration is usually erratic, you will need to count for a full minute.

Between breaths, there should be no more than a 10-second delay. If your infant is having trouble breathing or is breathing rapidly, take it to the hospital.

12. A swelling fontanelle

A fontanelle is a velvety area on the baby’s head. A swollen fontanelle is a sign of disease in a newborn baby and should be treated as an emergency.

Parents should be on the lookout for soft areas on their baby’s head that are bent outward and feel quite solid. A bulging fontanel indicates brain edema or fluid buildup and could show brain swelling or fluid buildup. Take your infant to the doctor straight away if you see a large or bulging fontanelle.

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13. The baby has a rash

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Rashes are frequent in youngsters, and the majority of them are not harmful and will go away on their own. It can be tough to figure out what kind of rash your baby has and what caused it.

As a result, if your baby develops a rash, you should seek medical advice. The doctor will determine whether the child has a common diaper rash, chafing, eczema, or something more serious. After that, they will either provide home cures for alleviation or treat the baby.

14. Arms and legs that are pale, blue, or grey.

Internal body events frequently cause skin colour variations in infants. Some colours are frequent, whereas others are associated with illness. The hands and feet of an infant with acrocyanosis are blue. A yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes is known as jaundice. It commonly begins in the face and progresses to the chest, lower abdomen, and legs.

Cyanosis can cause a blue tint around the mouth or face and all over the body. When a baby’s skin is mottled, it appears blue or pale and blotchy. When you detect any of these skin tones on your newborn, do not be alarmed. As quickly as possible, take it to the hospital.

15. Eye discharge may mean the baby is sick

If your baby’s eyes are red or weeping mucous, see a doctor as soon as possible because it could be sick.

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What to do to keep your baby away from infections

  1. Call your doctor or take your infant to the hospital to assess your baby’s signals that you do not understand. Do not make any assumptions; seeing a doctor just to be sure will help.
  2. Hold and console your infant as much as possible if they appear distressed and cry uncontrollably. You might be astonished to learn that the baby only wanted to be cuddled. Ensure your baby is fed, burped, warm, and wearing a clean diaper if they will not stop crying.
  3. Keep a close eye on your child.
  4. Make sure you are providing a healthy diet for your baby. If feasible, breastfeed your child since this will offer them antibodies and enzymes that will help protect them from disease.

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  5. Avoid allowing ill family members to share food or drink with your baby, as well as handling your baby and their toys.
  6. Keep your baby away from unwell children, especially those who have infectious diseases.
  7. Maintain a higher level of hygiene. Make sure that everybody who holds your child washes their hands first.
  8. Newborn newborns excite specific individuals, and they enjoy kissing them. Make it clear to everybody who comes to check on your infant that they are not to kiss them.

 

Final thoughts

Children are a gift. Every stage of parenting, however, comes with its own set of difficulties. From conception until delivery, you will be responsible for your child until it matures into an adult. It is beneficial for all women who wish to have children to be informed of what is ahead.

It is important to have some prior understanding of how to care for a newborn. If you have a baby and are unsure what to do, talk to your doctor, mother, coworker, or anyone else you know who has had a child before. The article has provided an outline of how to check for warning indications in your child and what to do to keep it safe from other infections.

How did you watch for alarming sickness signs in your baby? People have different experiences. All mothers are precious, so is you. Feel free to share with us your experiences in the comment section.

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