Illness in newborn is common problem for mums. In this post you will find questions and their answers, based on illness of newborn babies.
Q.1 I think my baby might be ill. How can I be sure?
Ans: A baby who is ill can be refused her feeds. She may vomit or have loose, frequent stools. In babies, illness completely unrelated to the abdomen can cause diarrhoea or vomiting. If she is feverish, she may feel hot when you touch her. Her nappies may be drier than normal because of dehydration. When baby is ill she is not usual.
Q.2 When should I call my Doctor? or GP?
Ans: If you observe symptoms like following, contact your Doctor or GP as soon as possible.
- A sunken or swollen fontanelle because it may be the cause of dehydration.
- If diarrhoea with vomiting. Take dirty nappy to Doctor, will help for diagnosis.
- Screaming in pain.
- A cough or rapid breath or difficult to breath.
- Refusing more than one feed.
- Dry nappies are more than wet nappies.
- Vomiting for several times, and continue up to 12 hours.
- Sweating still light cloths are wears.
When to seek urgent help? or Emergency?
- Burn or an accident.
- Has had fits or convulsion.
- Has blue or other spots and patches around the lips.
- If she is unconsciousness or drowsy or lacking energy.
- She is floppy or lethargic
- Vomiting contains blood.
If you cannot contact your Doctor straight away, you should go immediately to the nearest hospital that has an accidental and emergency department.
Q.3 How Can I stop my baby catching coughs and colds?
Ans. In the first few years, your baby will catch almost everything that is going round. You can’t entirely prevent this, but when she is young or premature baby, protect as best as you can. Breastfeed gives more antibodies which will fight against the infections. Try to avoid cigarets smoke, stay away from crowded places, because of lots of infection spread from infected people.
Q.4 Will my baby need antibiotics if she has a cold?
Ans. Colds are caused by viruses and therefore there is no cure for them. Because of this, antibiotics will not help- so do not expect from GP for antibiotics prescriptions. But if your baby is unwell like feverish or refuses her feeds, cranky, for 3-4 days then contact to your GP or Doctor or Health visitor.
Q.5 How to take care of my baby during cold?
Ans. When her nose is blocked or runny, she has troubled in breast feeding and in breathing also. Be patient with her feeds. Wipe her nose with some cotton wool or soft tissues. Take iron and a cotton handkerchief, now switch on the iron put cloth on hot iron for 10 seconds and check on your hand about hotness of cloth. Now apply that cloth on baby’s chest and back. This will help for normal breathing. Please do not use too much hot cloth, it will burn the skin.
Glue Ear: Frequently an attack of illness or strong emotion of a specified kind of otitis media (inflammation of the middle ear) may lead to glue ear, the most common cause of hearing difficulties in toddlers as it can prevent the sound waves vibrating through the ear to the hearing area of the brain.
Symptoms: Partial hearing loss, a feeling of fullness in the ear, possible behavioral and speech problems.
Treatment: Consult your doctor or GP immediately. Treatment can induce decongestant medicines and antibiotics, or surgery to open the ear drum ( under general anesthetic) and drain the fluid. Grommets (plastic ventilation tubes) are inserted to drain the fluid from the middle ear. The adenoids means, a mass of enlarged lymphatic tissue between the back of the nose and the throat, often hindering speaking and breathing in young children, may also be removed to prevent further blockage.
During this illness you can try following recipes for child’s good digestion and energy. Recipes is only for weaning babies.