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
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
– 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!