It’s common for new parents to feel the way you do. Until recently, you were able to keep your baby healthy by keeping her inside you. Even though you instinctively know she’s strong and sturdy, at times you also remember how vulnerable she can be.
First of all, give yourselves credit for being the caring, conscientious parents that you are. That said, you can take some precautions so that your baby will stay healthy. Keeping her away from sick people and washing your hands after each nappy change is a good start. If you’re breastfeeding, continue with it for as long as you can.
Here a list of syntomps that will you decide to go to the doctor
- Temperament. If your baby seems like her usual happy self and is feeding well, she’s probably not seriously ill. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider an appointment to see your doctor if she has temperature or the sniffles. But a baby who has a runny nose and a big smile is probably not as sick as a baby who has a runny nose and is lethargic.
- Unusual crying. If your baby suddenly starts crying more than usual and you can’t comfort her in the usual ways, or if her cry is weak or unusually high-pitched, she may be seriously ill. The opposite is also true — if your baby seems unhappy and doesn’t cry but is unusually inactive and difficult to wake from sleep, call your doctor.
- Appetite. How hungry your baby is varies from day to day. But if she is hungry she should feed vigorously. A baby who tires easily from sucking or loses interest in nursing or feeding is probably sick. Also, if you notice your baby reguritating her food more than usual, with more effort, or if the possit is greenish in colour, she may be sick.
- Abnormal bowel movements. Young babies, especially breastfed babies, may have very soft or liquid bowel movements. However, if your baby has diarrhoea (watery stools), her tummy may be upset. Monitor her bowel movements and see whether the diarrhoea continues. Make sure she is drinking lots of fluids or breastfeeding as often as usual so she doesn’t get dehydrated. Your baby should wet a minimum of six nappies a day. If your baby is acting sleepy and begins to have small, hard, or dry bowel movements, or if her stool is streaked with blood or mucus, or has the consistency of jelly, call your doctor
- Difficulty breathing. If your baby’s breathing is laboured or if she’s having trouble breathing at all, get help immediately.
- Temperature. Although the presence of high temperature in a baby is a signal that she’s sick, the fever alone is usually not a reason to be worried. A baby can have a low-grade fever and be seriously ill, or a high fever and be only mildly ill. But if a baby under three months of age has a fever higher than 38 degrees C, she should be examined. If an older baby has a fever but appears completely well otherwise, observe her for a day to see whether she develops other symptoms.