Eight Signs Your Baby Is Sick
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Adults and older children tend to show distinct signs of illness, but when a baby is sick, signs are often more vague and tricky to spot given the immaturity of a baby’s immune system. Make sure you know the danger signs of illness in a baby so that you can seek prompt medical attention if necessary.
If your baby has a fever, you need to consult with your paediatrician to determine the underlying cause.
Fussiness or irritability may be your only clue that something is wrong, but it is wise to act straight away.
3. Poor feeding
A baby who is not feeding well could be acutely ill, and if he refuses feeds, he may become dehydrated or weak.
4. Breathing difficulties
A baby may develop breathing difficulties due to a respiratory problem or another non-lung related issue. You may notice a change in the rate of breathing and/or a difference in sounds, such as spluttering and wheezing. You may also notice that the sound of your baby’s crying has changed.
5. Vomiting and diarrhea
Again, these symptoms may be due to a gastrointestinal problem or another illness. The danger with vomiting and diarrhea is that your child may become dehydrated or develop electrolyte imbalances as a result.
6. Skin changes
If you notice that your baby is paler than usual or he or she turns blue, you need to seek urgent medical advice. Skin rashes or sores may also be a sign of illness.
Many different types of illnesses in babies may result in seizures. You may notice your baby’s whole body shaking or it may just be a part of the body. If you see your baby having a fit, keep his airway open and see a doctor immediately.
8. Change in alertness
If your baby is less responsive or alert than usual, or if you notice drowsiness or floppiness, something serious is going on, and you should seek medical advice urgently.
The information in this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.