Parenting tips: Ten signs your newborn is ill

Parenting is far most a difficult task and a

mystery as well. It is also an art that you

need to learn step by step and not a job

that you will be able to master it in a day.

As new parents and as you welcome that

miraculous newborn into your household,

it is natural for you to struggle to find

tune to your new role. So worry not,

instead seek for help and advice from your

relatives and friends who have had this so

called 'parenting experience'.

Of all the many things you need to be

trained as new parents, finding out your

our newborn's wellbeing is one of the

toughest tasks. Below are some helpful

tips to help you know your little one is ill

as well as some general guidelines for

when to seek medical help:

Crying: Babies cry when they are hungry,

sleepy, wet, etc. Crying in infancy is quite

normal, but the sound of a sick baby is

different from her usual cries indicating

that something is wrong with her.

According to health experts, this

abnormal, a high-pitched, complaining or

whimpering cry is also a sign of

meningitis. If the crying does sound

distinct to you, seek medical help


Refusing food: If your baby eats poorly

or not eating and is refusing several

feedings in a row, contact the doctor.

Tender navel or penis care: If your

baby's tender umbilical area or penis

swiftly turns red or starts to bleed, call up

the doctor.

Cold: You should seek medical help if your

infant has cold that lasts longer than two

weeks accompanied by severe coughing or

hinders with his/her breathing.

Fever: Although mild fevers are common

for the infants, you should keep an eye on

the thermometer. For babies younger than

3 months of age, consult the doctor for

any fever. If your baby is between 3-6

months of age and has a temperature of

up to 102 F and appears to be unusually

irritable, lethargic or uncomfortable,

contact the doctor.

Diarrhoea: Immediately contact the

doctor if there is blood in the stools or

the baby has more than six watery or

loose stools a day.

Vomiting: Occasional spitting in infancy is

normal, but if your baby vomits for more

than 12 hours, also has fever or

diarrhoea, then contact the doctor


Difficulty breathing: You should consult

the doctor immediately if can sense your

baby is having trouble breathing. Signs

and symptoms of difficulty breathing


– Your baby is breathing so fast than the

usual form.

– A bluish tinge is developed on your

baby's lips or skin.

– When your baby inhales, the tissue

between the ribs, above the collar bones,

or in the upper abdomen is sucked in.

– Your baby will grunt while exhaling.

Dehydration: Call up the doctor if your

baby's diaper does not get wet in six hours

or longer, the fontanel (the soft spot on

the top of the baby head) appears to sink,

or shed no tears while crying or has a dry


Rashes: Do not ignore those rashes. Take

your baby to the doctor if the rash covers

a large area or is accompanied by a fever,

sore throat or diarrhoea.

Follow these tips to ensure that your

newborn is happy and is being well taken

care while you discover the joys of

parenting. Happy Parenting!


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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