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How to Know if your Baby is Sick
Fever itself is not a sickness, but rather the baby's response to an illness – usually a diseased condition. Call the healthcare professional if your infant is under 3 months old comes with a rectal temperature above 100. 3 F. Even though the temperature is lower than these standard guidelines, contact the doctor if you’re infant appears to be ill with these kinds of signs as a rash, irritability, poor breastfeeding, trouble inhaling, a stiff neck, continuous nausea and even diarrhea, signs of dehydration or is fatigued or very difficult to arouse.
Dehydration sometimes happens if the newborn baby is feeding improperly, has a fever, is basically in very warm environment, or has persistent vomiting or diarrhea. You can easily distinguish dehydration if your infant has a dried mouth and gums, frequently less wet diaper, sheds no tears whenever crying. Moreover if you feel your baby is dehydrated, contact the doctor.
Newborn babies commonly "spit up" but consistent vomiting is real reason for concern. Vomiting are probably not threatening when it occurs only once or twice. Then again, if it comes about more often, includes blood or might be green in color, or perhaps if the infant appears to be dehydrated, call your doctor.
Upper respiratory infections (URIs) develop from a virus which makes them very common in babies. They sometimes occur a couple weeks that comes with runny nose, fever and also poor appetite for just a few days, including a cough that may last more than 2-3 weeks. More serious disorders require doctor's attention.
Call your doctor if:
• Your baby's body temperature is greater than 100.3 F for babies under 3 months or higher than 101 F for infants between 3 and 6 months.
• Your child comes with a rash or difficulties breathing as mentioned earlier.
• Your baby is unusually picky and cries a lot.
• Your baby's cough is severe and also constantly occurs or brings up any blood.
• Your child is throwing up more often.
• Your baby's difficulties last even more than couple of weeks.
Rashes are common in babies, but contact the doctor when the rash covers a wide area, specifically the face, or makes it followed by a fever, oozing, bleeding or even swelling, or if perhaps the rash looks infected.
Diarrhea is common in infants, however call the doctor when there is blood in the stool (which often appear bright red-colored , black shade or more substantial) if the baby has more than 6-8 watery stools each day, and also not taking liquids or shows indications of dehydration.
Problem with Breathing.
As long as your baby is having a tough time breathing, you need to call the doctor and also 911 quickly.
Symptoms of trouble breathing include:
• your baby is inhaling and exhaling even more rapidly than usual.
• The tissue between the ribs, above the collar bones, or perhaps in the upper abdominal area is sucked in whenever your newborn inhales.
• Your infant grunts whenever exhaling.
• Your infant's head is bobbing.
• Your baby's lips and skin come up with a bluish tinge.
Once your baby's navel (or umbilical remnant) or even penis gets to be reddish, is oozing or bleeding, contact the doctor right away. These are typically symptoms of infection.
And finally, under all conditions, if you're pretty nervous that your baby looks quite unhealthy, have confidence in your instincts and call the doctor!