Taking care of small babies is a very challenging task. This is because they are not able to express and tell what problem is troubling them; understanding the root cause is difficult. This makes diagnosis difficult too. Sometimes, even mothers fail to make out the problem and a treatment thus becomes difficult. Therefore, understanding and identifying the common conditions in babies that happens normally but can become a reason to worry.
Here Are Normal But Alarming Babies Health Issues
The internal structure of ear in babies is still developing and any accumulation of fluid inside the ear causes infections. These infections result is pain and swelling. If these problems are not identified on time they might lead to further severe complications in small babies. The signs that the baby might have developed ear infection are feeling irritated, pain in ear, constantly pulling ears and fever. Thus to prevent such infections and further damage there are treatment options available. Antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs can be given by paediatrician; also using a heat compress technique is known to help in reducing pain and swelling.
Spitting And Stomach Problems
The digestive system in a baby is not very developed and therefore frequent throw off and spitting of food eaten is common. Even when the baby is on breast milk, still there is lot of spitting happening. The catch here is to identify difference between normal spitting and spitting due to a disorder. If spitting out the food remains for a long duration of time, it might suggest that another underlying cause is responsible for it. These causes can be stomach reflux, ulcers, stomach flu, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance etc. All these conditions might give similar signs as vomiting and frequent spitting; therefore a proper diagnosis is a must.
Excessive Crying And Coughing
Crying is not a disease or a disorder; neither is coughing. Babies cry a lot and that is very normal. Same is with coughing. However if you observe a steep change in the pattern of crying or if you feel the crying is going on for very long time, definitely something is fishy and wrong. If the baby is crying very much and which is not normal there are chances of some underlying disease or disorder. Examples are stomach upset, pain in some part of the body etc. The only way the baby can put forward his problems or pain is simply by expressing by crying, therefore a parent must try and understand this language of their babies.
Difficulty In Breathing
At times due to inappropriate sleeping positions, blockage due to presence of cough, the baby might experience difficulty in breathing. However this goes off in sometime either by changing position or eventually as the cough goes off, normal breathing can be achieved. However if you observe that the baby has started gasping frequently, and takes long breaths there might be an underlying respiratory problem. If such a problem with respiration is present, it can be very serious. Therefore such signs of improper breathing patterns must be strictly observed and taken care of.
Small babies tend to develop incidences of fever. This is common and the reasons can be some kind of infection, use of vaccination, improper development of immune system etc. However along with increasing age occurrence of frequent fever usually goes off. If it doesn’t, or if the fever is very severe and very frequent, it is an alarming state and must be treated properly.
Constipation And Loose Motions (gastro-intestinal problems)
In babies the gastro-intestinal tract is less developed and it is gradually getting used to food. The transition from breast milk to semi-solid foods to solid foods take time and therefore you might notice frequent incidences of diarrhoea vomiting or even constipation.
Nutritional deficiency is very common in babies. Due to lack of experience, new mothers are unable to manage the supply of balanced diet to their babies after six months. The end result of which may cause some nutritional deficiency disorders like rickets, PEM etc. If these conditional are controlled in the beginnings, it can take a worst phase which can be incurable. Under the guidance of doctors and elders, you can easily add nutrients in the babies’ diet after six months.
The above mentioned diseases are not a reason to worry. However, when these symptoms become chronic, take it as an alarm and consult the pediatrician. Frequent and chronic stomach problems lead to number of other conditions which might even be fatal. Hence long-term, chronic and serious cases must be taken seriously.