As a new parent, your baby’s health is always your main priority. A lot of new parents spend so much time worrying that their baby could be getting sick, and then it starts to play on their mind. Are they really ill? Am I seeing something that isn’t there? Could there be something seriously wrong with my child? It’s only natural to feel this way. Below, you will find some warning signs that your baby could be ill – these are the signs you need to act on.
Of course, all babies ‘spit up’ on a frequent basis – we have all ended up with sick on us. However, frequent vomiting is definitely something to be concerned about. If your child is being sick frequently, you should visit your local doctor or at least use an online Dr app to speak to a professional for advice. If it only happens once or twice, it could be nothing serious. But if your baby looks dehydrated, or the vomit is green or contains blood, you should go to the hospital urgently just to be sure that it is nothing more serious.
A lot of babies experience diarrhoea and it is nothing to worry about. However, if you have noticed blood in their stool, you should call a doctor. You should also do this if your baby is showing signs of dehydration, is not taking fluids, or is having more than six watery stools per day.
You have probably already noticed that dehydration is a cause for concern. After all, it has been mentioned in the two former points. This can happen if the baby is suffering from the two symptoms addressed already, but it can also occur if the environment the baby is in is too warm, if your baby has a fever, or is feeding poorly. So, how do you recognise dehydration? Some key signs are as follows: the soft spot on the baby’s head, i.e. the fontanel, appears to sink slightly, your baby does not shed any tears when crying, wets the diaper less frequently, or has a dry mouth and gums.
A fever is a response to an illness, rather than being an illness itself. However, it can be a good indication that there is something wrong with your child. In most cases, a fever indicates an infection. If your child has a temperature above 100.4 F and is less than three months old, you should call a doctor. If your child has a temperature above 101 F, and your baby is between 3 and 6 months old, you should call a doctor.
If you notice any of the signs that have been mentioned above, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Equally, you shouldn’t panic. It could be something innocent, and it’s likely to be something that is very easy to treat too. Your doctor will advise you on what to do. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry. Don’t work yourself up into a frenzy of worry – everyone gets sick from time-to-time.