A sick baby is every parent’s worst nightmare. A baby could be crying on end and the parent could be clueless about the reason behind it. The best way to help your baby is to observe your baby closely and be well informed about things that could go wrong.
Some physical conditions are especially common during the first couple of weeks after birth. Usually, such symptoms can be taken care of by a well-informed care-giver but if the problem persists, immediate pediatric help must be sought. Some issues that commonly occur in infants are as follows:
- Abdominal Distension– Most babies’ bellies normally stick out, especially after a large feeding. Between feedings, however, they should feel quite soft. If a child’s abdomen feels swollen and hard, with tendencies of vomiting and irregular bowels, a pediatrician should be involved. Although it could just be due to gas or constipation, it would be wise to eliminate chances of a more serious intestinal problem.
- Bowel Movements– An infant’s bowels go through many changes in colour and consistency within the first few weeks of birth. Because an infant’s stools are normally soft and runny, it is difficult to assess whether it is suffering from diarrhea or not. This is why factors like the mother’s diet, the infant’s diet, the colour, consistency and frequency of stools- all need to be monitored closely and any anomalies need to be reported to the doctor so that any possible infections or other severe problems can be dealt with.
- Birth Injuries– It is possible for babies to be injured during birth, especially if labor is particularly long or difficult, or when babies are very large. The injury could range from fractures to lumps or even muscle weaknesses. The involvement of a pediatrician will help the care-giver to understand how to nurse and hold the baby so as to promote healing.
- Blue Baby– A baby’s limbs, face, tongue and lips may turn slightly blue due to excessive crying or cold. The complexion should return to normal once the baby calms down or is warm enough. However, if the bluish hue persists, especially if accompanied with breathing and feeding difficulties, it could imply that the heart or lungs are not operating properly and the baby is not receiving enough oxygen. Immediate medical attention is essential.
- Coughing– If the baby drinks very fast or tries to drink water for the first time, he may cough and sputter a bit; but this type of coughing should stop as soon as he adjusts to a familiar feeding routine. This may also be related to how strong or fast a breastfeeding mom’s milk comes down. If the baby coughs persistently or routinely gags during feedings, a pediatric consult is imperative. These symptoms could indicate an underlying problem in the lungs or digestive tract.
- Jaundice – Many normal, healthy newborns have a yellowish tinge to their skin, which is known as ja It is caused by a build-up of a chemical called bilirubin in the child’s blood. The complexion returns to normal once the liver begins to efficiently do its job of removing the bilirubin from the bloodstream. However, if the yellow hue persists or continues to deepen, it is a cause for concern. Although jaundice is quite treatable, if the bilirubin level is very high and is not treated effectively, it can even lead to nervous system or brain damage in some cases, which is why the condition must be checked for and appropriately treated.
One can never be too careful with a baby. Above mentioned are only few of many problems that could be troubling a baby. Hence, it is important to keep the baby under diligent observation and seek paediatric help without delay or hesitation as neglecting these could lead to bigger issues. A healthy baby is a happy baby and is every parent’s dream come true. We, here at Vibcure, are ready to help you achieve this with our impeccable paediatric services.