New parents are all too excited about their little one’s first years. They ready themselves with cute outfits, headbands, and booties. They plan the first birthday party and plan playdates with their friend’s babies as well.
I think there are some things that we all might not want to anticipate which is why we don’t educate ourselves as parents. Like the potential illnesses, our little babies can contract and some that are inevitable. If you are aware of these illnesses, you will be ready to handle them as they come. And as for the more dangerous illnesses, you too will know exactly what to do if the signs show true. Don’t fret new parent, you got this!
Colds happen, especially after getting immunizations and such. A cold is accompanied with a cough, wheezing, running nose, sneezing, low-grade fever, and decreased appetite. In this case, watch your child’s breathing and congestion. Loosen the congestion if needed. Use steam or nasal spray. Make sure your infant is getting lots of fluid and always stay on top of the fever. Usually, the cold will pass with time, but make sure to check in with your doctor about giving medicine or if anything worsens.
Constipation can happen to anyone. But it’s difficult to a baby and for a parent. It’s important to notice how often your baby goes and how it looks when they do. This can help you understand a few things. In babies keep a firm watch if your baby has infrequent or really firm stools. Also, check and make sure your baby goes often and never less than once a day. If your baby should have constipation maybe experiment with different brands of formula.
Talk to your doctor about every little thing so they can help you diagnose what’s really going on. If your baby is transitioning into solid foods watch what you feed them. Add more high fluids or high-fiber foods to their diet. You could also have them sit in a nice warm bath, this might help to soften the stool. Call your doctor if your child is in pain or hasn’t passed a bowel in four days.
Now, on the other hand, you baby can have diarrhea. Bowel movements that are too frequent or watery could signal diarrhea. Keep your baby hydrated with lots of fluids. Usually, in this case, rest your child’s stomach and keep watch for anything out of norm such as blood in the stool, fever, vomiting, etc. Call your doctor if you should notice any of those symptoms.
Probably every child will go through an ear infection. They can be quite scary to a new parent. When liquids accumulate in your child’s ear bacteria can grow and the ear can become infected. This can cause a lot of pain, crankiness, unwillingness to lie flat, and a lot crying. You can give your child pain relievers if directed by your doctor and try to allow the trapped fluid to drain. There is also drops you can use as well but again make sure it is approved by your doctor first.
Fevers are pretty common. One thing about fevers that a lot of parents fail to understand is that fevers are an indicator of an underlying illness. The fever isn’t the illness itself. Take your babies temperature. If it’s not alarming you can try things at home to soothe your little one. With fevers with children older than the one, you can go more off of how they act instead of the temperature.
Watch how they are acting. If they are happy acting normal and eating just fine, your child may have a minor virus that their bodies are trying to fight off. It should subside on its own. With babies call your doctor usually anything over hundred degrees. Tender loving care always works best!