All is not rosy after your baby is born as your baby is still adapting to the conditions in the new world. There could be certain health concerns that can reach alarming proportions if left unnoticed and not given enough care. It could be a simple cold and cough or a tummy upset that could lead to other conditions like pneumonia or diarrhea. Parents can never take anything for granted when the baby shows any signs of distress or illness.
The common baby health problems include ADHD, apnea, asthma, chicken pox, conjunctivitis, ear infection, E coli, fever, jaundice, mumps, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and whooping cough. Some of the common baby health symptoms that would require medical help are fevers, fits, purple-red rashes, vomiting, constant coughing, odd-looking feces and tummy aches. It is necessary for you to be aware of the necessary baby health information so that you do not panic.
There are certain conditions that are normal in newborn babies. Your baby sleeps most of the time, except while feeding; makes little noises while breathing; wriggles a lot; may have a lot of mucous; may have a bowel movement after every feed; frequently spills or vomits; has transient rashes, which may get bigger. However, if the baby has fever with temperature of 38 degrees C or higher, without any other symptoms, the baby needs to be checked by a doctor. As your baby is very sensitive to infection, it is essential for the baby to be monitored. It could be simple as a common cold or as serious as meningitis. You should seek immediate medical help if the baby has high fever with convulsions, faints, or becomes stiff and turns pale. Keep the baby calm and cool, by rocking it gently and sponging it.
Most of the rashes are minor, but if baby gets purple-red rashes that look like small dots or larger, it could be meningitis. You should take your baby to the hospital immediately. Vomiting with diarrhea can cause dehydration. If your child is pale, with sunken eyes and is losing weight, the baby should be taken to a pediatrician or GP. The reasons could be food poisoning or twisted intestines. Gastroenteritis will need attention, and its symptoms include tummy aches or blood in the feces.
Coughing longer than a week with wheezing could mean a respiratory infection, and if the baby turns pale and blue, you need seek emergency medical help.