When your baby becomes ill, it can get scary and confusing. Even so, you don’t have to wait for the symptoms to worsen for you to take an appropriate action. As a matter of fact, you can nip the sickness in the bud if you know how to tell when your toddler is on the verge of getting sick. Plus, you will seek the correct treatment from the word go.
Below, I share some surefire signs that your tot is sick or is about to. Obviously, the first course of action is to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
A change in behavior is one of the surest indications that your baby is sick. He/she may cry more often or change in activity level. Typically, when your child is well and healthy, he/she is active, feeds well, and it only takes a few minutes of soothing to make them stop crying.
However, if all of a sudden the little one become irritable or lethargic, it is time to visit a medical practitioner.
Lethargy – When your baby is listless he or she has little or no energy. The kid will sleep for longer, becomes drowsy and sluggish. You will also notice that the youngster has a problem paying attention to sounds or visual gestures. Lethargy could be an indication of pending illnesses such as flu or colds.
Irritability – When your child is irritated, crying becomes the only form of communication. He/she will cry when they need a diaper change, food, a cuddle or a diaper change. It is, therefore, important to interpret your baby’s cries and act appropriately.
Fever in babies is not an illness per se, but rather the body’s way of reacting to infections. Be sure to call a doctor if your three months old infant has a rectal temperature is above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, seek medical attention if the child is three to six months old and has a temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit and above.
One of the easiest ways to tell if you kid has a fever is sudden sweating at room temperature. The child may also lose appetite.
While diarrhea is common in babies, you should get in touch with your doctor if there’s blood in the stool. The stool may also appear bright and in extreme cases have a black color. If not treated, your toddler may end up having six to ten watery stools as day.
Diarrhea may be as a result of hookworms, stomach ulcers, chronic enteritis, tuberculosis and liver dysfunction. Bacterial infections and ascarids could also cause watery stools. Vitamin deficiency, especially the lack of vitamin A and D could cause diarrhea. During this period your baby may feel anorexic and refuse to eat.
Unhealthy diet could be the primary cause of your child’s dehydration. Ho temperature and vomiting, as well as diarrhea, could also cause dehydration. Some indications of dehydration include;
- Dry mouth
- Flaky gums
- The baby doesn’t urinate regularly
- He/she doesn’t shed tears while crying
- The soft part of the head (known as the fontanel) appears to have a ridge
Again, contact your doctor if your baby becomes dehydrated. In the meantime, let him/her drink lots of fluid. Increase the number of fruits and vegetables in the diet as well.
Lack of Sleep
Children tend to sleep more than adults. So, when your baby stays awake longer than normal, it could be a sign that he/she is sick. Also, if the toddler breathes heavily during sleep, all may not be well. Besides, if the kid has problems waking up, you should speak with your doctor. In short sleep disorders require immediate attention because they could be an indication of something more serious.
Even though your baby may spit up once in a while, frequent vomiting is cause for alarm. Okay, the little one may vomit once or twice, and that shouldn’t necessarily get you worried. However, if it happens more than three times in a day, get help from a doctor as soon as you can.
Also, if the eyes turn green, or you have any reason to think that he or she dehydrated, call a physician or take the child to sleep.
You can prevent common diseases that affect babies if you seek early treatment. While you may not tell when your toddler will fall sick, it is always good to be vigilant. Watch the young one’s behavior and if you notice something unusual, call your physician.
Never try to treat the baby without seeking proper medical advice. What looks like a mild infection may be an indication of something serious. Most importantly, when the doctor has attended to your kid and recommended a treatment plan, ensure that you stick to the regimen. You certainly don’t want to prolong your infant’s sickness simply because you didn’t follow the physician’s advice.