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: 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: 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
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
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.
-Did you know that 90 percent of food allergies are caused by milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, or soy? With food allergies on the rise, it's important to be in the know. Symptoms usually occur within a few minutes to an hour after eating a specific food, but sometimes it can take days. If your baby is breastfeeding, he may have a reaction to food that you've eaten. Here are the three types of symptoms to watch for. One sign is a skin rash. Hives, those itchy bumps that look like blotchy mosquito bites that are classic allergic reaction . Eczema and itchy skin rash is another common symptom and it's often the first sign of an allergy. Stomach problems can also be a symptom. If your baby consistently vomits or