When to Worry: Food Allergies
It can be hard to notice food-allergy symptoms in babies. Here’s how to tell if your newborn could be suffering from one.
Baby Care Basics: Choosing the Right Doctor
Choosing a doctor for your little one can be an overwhelming process. Use this guide to make the right decision for your family.
follow these steps. Check their credentials. Whether you go with a Family Practice Physician or a Pediatrician make sure you choose a provider who's board certified, which means that he or she has passed certain exams and completed on going education. Consider the technical details . Factoring how far away the offices, how phone calls are handled and what the office hours are like. Also, make sure the practice accepts your insurance. Pay a visit to the office, schedule a meeting and when you get there talk to the other parents in the waiting room. Do they typically get seen on time? What do they like or dislike about the practice? Also, does the office seem clean and inviting? When you meet the doctor, ask about issues that are important to you like breast feeding , circumcision and vaccinations. And consider whether you like his or her communication style. In the end most parents go with their gut.
When to Worry: Eye and Vision Problems
Are you worried that your little one is having problems with his eyes? Learn what could be wrong and whether to call the doctor.
aware of these common baby eye conditions. The first is a blocked tear duct . If your baby tears a lot and collects mucus in the corner of his eye, he may have a blocked duct. The
When to Worry: Ear Infections
Ear infections are very common in babies, but it can be hard to know when your bundle of joy has one. Here are the signs and symptoms for an ear infection in your infant so you can get him help.
About 75 percent of kids get them before they're 3 years old. Ear infections often begin after a cold when fluid gets trapped in the middle ear and becomes infected by a virus or bacteria. Your baby pulling at her ear is not a very reliable sign that she has an infection. So look for these instead. She's crying more than usual. Ear infections are painful, so your baby may seem fuzzy and have trouble sleeping . An infection is especially likely if your baby becomes upset when she's lying down. She's had a cold for several days and now she seems like she's in pain. If your child has cold symptoms, and then suddenly seems more uncomfortable, have her ears checked. Many children with ear infections will have fever ranging from 101 to 104. However, fever alone does not mean that your child has an ear infection. Usually,
When to Worry: Coughs & Colds
It's difficult to watch your baby suffer through coughing or a cold. Discover some remedies for your tot so he can breate easier.
the mucus first. You'll wanna run a cool mist humidifier too. The moist air will help him breathe and relieve his cough while he sleeps. It's also really helpful to run a hot shower and sit with your baby in a steam. It will loosen up mucus in his nose and chest. Keep him hydrated. Fluids help loosen mucus in the nose and throat, so offer him a bottle or the breast as often as you can. If your child is over 1 year, honey is a good cough suppressant. And try to remember that every cold is building his immune system so he'll be stronger and healthier down the road.
When to Worry: Pinkeye
Could your infant's swollen eye be pinkeye? Find out if your baby has the symptoms of this infection and how to treat it.
so wash up frequently especially after touching the infected eye. If your doctor prescribes eye drops, you may need another adult to help administer them. One of you can hold your baby's eyes open and comfort her while the other actually puts the drops in the eye. The infection should start to improve within 24 hours
When to Worry: Fever
Should you be concerned that your baby has a fever? Find out when he needs to be checked out by your doc.
feels like he's burning up, start by taking his temperature with a rectal thermometer . If it's over 100.4, that's a fever. Here are seven reasons to call your pediatrician. He's under 3 months old. His fever lasts longer than a few days. He's acting lethargic or unresponsive. He's having difficulty breathing. He has a febrile seizure. He has a rash or you notice signs of dehydration such as significantly fewer wet diapers or a sunken soft spot . The number on the thermometer is not as important as how your child is feeling. A lethargic child with 101 is much more concerning than a happy playful child with 102. Your pediatrician may recommend giving your baby acetaminophen to bring his fever down or ibuprofen if he's over 6 months old. A sponge bath may also help him feel better. Make sure he's still drinking plenty of liquids so he doesn't get dehydrated. And overall, try
When to Worry: Constipation
If your baby hasn't pooped in awhile, does that mean she is suffering from constipation? Learn how to tell how the symptoms and what you should do to relieve her pain.
It's actually quite common for babies to go several days without a bowel movement . Look for these signs to help determine constipation. If your baby is constipated, her stool will be firm and compact and may look like little pebbles or logs. You may also see a little blood in her diaper because hard poop can tear the rectal wall. If her stool is soft even if she goes days between bowel movements, it's probably not constipation. Diet change is another factor. Constipation is common when babies switch to formula and after they start solid foods . If her belly is bloated and tender, that can be a sign that her intestines are backed up. If you suspect constipation,
When to Worry: Diarrhea
Could your baby be suffering from diarrhea? Learn more about the causes and possible remedies for your munchkin.
runs. Diarrhea can be caused by a change in diet, antibiotic, a food allergy , or a stomach virus . Here are three steps to take if your baby has diarrhea. Give plenty of liquids. If you're breastfeeding, keep it up. It
When to Worry: Cradle Cap
Your baby's itchy scalp could be cradle cap, also known as seborrheic dermatitis. Learn some quick and easy ways to treat this condition.
steps: rubbing some oil. Before bath time, massage some baby oil or olive oil on to your little one's head to loosen the dry patches. Before shampooing, allow it to sit for a bit, so it can soak up the oil. Brush away the flakes. Use a soft-brush comb or dry wash cloth to wipe away the scales. And then, shampoo as usual. Use the brush again after she's dry to remove the scales that