Common Illness Guide
Your precious little one may fall sick every now and then. The baby’s immune system is still developing and it is very common for them to fall sick from viral or bacterial illnesses that subside in a week or two. It is important to keep your cool and give the baby plenty of fluids to help the baby recover quickly from the illness. Always contact your doctor if the baby is suffering from a high temperature, cold, cough, diarrhea or unusual rashes. Here are some common illnesses that your little one might suffer through and how you can deal with them.
Seasonal flu occurs usually before the winter season fully comes in. During the dry autumn season, babies can fall sick very easily by coming into contact with contagious germs. It is necessary to protect the baby from this flu by washing the hands and face frequently and keeping the surroundings inside the house clean and fresh. Vitamin C from citrus fruits is known for building resistance against flu and also diminishing its symptoms. Seasonal flu comes with a mild temperature higher than 104 degree fahrenheit.
Cold accompanied with a sore throat and runny nose is a common symptom of typical cold. A nasty cold can last for weeks. Babies may act fussy and more irritable. Stuffy nose can lead to trouble sleeping at night. To remedy this cold or to prevent it, regularly massage your baby with natural oils such as olive or almond oil on a regular basis.
Your baby may develop one of several rashes in the early months. Some of the most common rashes include diaper rash, eczema, heat rash, etc. These rashes spread quickly and can be difficult to treat. So it is better to treat them as soon as they appear. Most rashes require immediate attention before the redness increases. Rashes can be prevented if a baby’s skin is kept clean, moisturized and aerated.
If your baby is having mucus like, runny, greenish bowel movements and it is blowing out of the diaper, then it may be diarrhea. Diarrhea needs immediate attention of doctor. Do not hesitate to contact your doctor if the baby is pooping this way for a few times in a day. The baby may be dehydrated so provide plenty of water, breastmilk or formula to the baby.