When to Worry: Baby Health
When you notice something different about your little one, it can be hard to tell if it is normal or more serious. These videos explain the symptoms of common conditions and whether your baby needs treatment.
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.
When to Worry: A Lingering Cough
Your child's lingering cough is most likely due to the common cold, but it could be a sign of something more serious. Learn about at-home treatment methods and when you should call a doctor.
the cause. You child's cough is most likely the effect of the common cold . An upper respiratory infection. With more than 200 cold viruses around, your child can keep getting new infections without his symptoms necessarily
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: 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: 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: 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: Heart Murmur
A heart murmur in your infant could be nothing serious, or it could require a trip to the cardiologist. Learn more about what a heart murmur is and possible treatment for your little one.
probably an echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart. He will look for congenital heart defects such as a narrowed valve, reversed blood vessels or a hole between the chambers of her heart. Most heart defects are not life-threatening. Even the most common structural problems, like a hole in the heart, go away on their own. If not,
When to Worry: Hernia
What exactly is a hernia? Learn more about the two types of hernias that are common in babies and what kind of treatment might be needed.
inside the body, usually the intestine, pushes through an opening in the abdominal wall . You'll see a bulge or a bump that may become visible or increase in size when your little one cries, coughs, or has a bowel movement . Hernias are almost always painless. There are many different types of hernias, but two are most common in babies. The umbilical hernia will appear near your baby's bellybutton during the first few weeks or months of his life. You should bring it to your doctor's attention, but special treatment usually isn't necessary. It will probably disappear on its own. Then there's the inguinal hernia. It's especially common in babies born prematurely . You may find a lump in the groin or in boys it may look like his testicle is swollen. Your doctor will
When to Worry: Acne & Milia
Your baby is years away from puberty, but she could still be suffering from acne or milia. Watch this video to find out how to treat her skin and what you should avoid doing.
When to Worry: Thrush
If your bundle of joy has white patches in his mouth, he could have thrush. Learn more about symptoms and treatment for this condition.
your baby's mouth, she may have something called thrush. Thrush is a yeast infection that's extremely common in babies. It looks icky, but the good news is it's not hard to treat. Here are ways to know your baby may have thrush. There are white patches on her tongue, lips, gums, roof of her mouth, or inner cheeks. It's sometimes confused remaining breast milk or formula left on the tongue. But milk should easily wipe off, and thrush won't. The yeast may also spread to her