Having a baby can be a wonderful experience, but parenthood is no easy task. Apart from the love and care, you’ll be showering on your child, you’ll also need to be patient and, above all, attentive. Close attention is vital for your baby as even small health issues can prove to be detrimental. It is important to observe them carefully to see if something seems ‘off’. Ensuring good health for the first couple of years is crucial to a baby’s development and well-being.
Here are some tips to help you understand when something is not quite right with your baby:
These are very serious symptoms for a baby to have. Most children and adults can withstand a bout or two of vomiting or diarrhea, but it is much more difficult for babies. They get dehydrated and drained within half a day. Make sure to rehydrate your baby and take it to a doctor immediately should this happen.
2. Labored breathing:
You will pick up on your baby’s natural breathing rhythm pretty soon. If anything is amiss with your child’s regular breathing pattern, it could be a cause for concern. A baby could breathe irregularly because it has asthma, an allergic reaction, has inhaled something ‘foreign’ or far more seriously, has an infection in its lungs. Find a position that eases the baby’s breathing and, as soon as you can, consult a doctor without hesitation. A sign of breathing trouble is if you can see the baby’s ribs as it tries to inhale. It means there’s some pressure causing breathing to be labored.
3. Fever and chills:
This is a potent combination that requires urgent medical attention. A baby with a fever and chills means it has been introduced to a potentially dangerous pathogen. If you live in an area with mosquitoes, chances are that the baby has been bitten. Malaria and Dengue are no joke for a baby and needless complications may arise. Avoiding this is simple – products like Goodknight Fabric Roll-On and Goodknight Patches can keep mosquitoes at bay. They are baby-friendly and guarantee a mosquito-free environment. Prevention is much better than cure, wouldn’t you agree?
4. Persistent rashes:
Rashes are very common among babies. Those that disappear temporarily when you apply pressure are not a cause for alarm. However, rashes that persist even after pressure is applied are usually signals for a deeper and ultimately more threatening problem. Such rashes should be referred to a pediatrician immediately.
5. Inconsolable crying:
Often, when a baby is in discomfort, it will not hesitate to voice it out. Parents can distinguish between colicky babies and babies who are crying to get an adult’s attention to some issue they cannot articulate. If your baby is ceaselessly crying and not stopping after several attempts, a visit to the doctor is a must.
Identifying symptoms early will ensure that your baby’s suffering is reduced and it can bounce back quickly. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll see your baby smiling again in no time!