Baby Health is the Number One Priority of Parents

For new parents the health of their child is the most important priority. Those first few months can be very stressful on new parents. Even before your child is born, parents are inundated with thousands of choices to help keep their baby healthy. Starting with the right diet for breastfeeding mothers is important. Those nutrients are passed to the baby and is important in those early months of weight gain. Babies should be gaining more than 15 grams per day for normal development. Your baby will also get sick. Baby immune systems are not as strong as adults since they have not been exposed to anything yet. Soon after birth, your medical professional will give you a list of things needed to maintain your babies’ health. Babies may cry a lot in the beginning for a variety of reasons. But how can you tell when a rash or cough needs medical attention?

Colic and Common Baby Diseases

The most common cause of constant crying is infantile colic, which is not well understood by today’s medicine. First described in the 1950s, at about 6 weeks babies who cry for more than 3 hours a day for 3 days straight are showing signs of colic. Colic affects girls and boys equally and can last between 3 to 6 months. It is best to visit your medical professional to rule out other ailments. While colic is common, it’s not the only common baby issue. Other common baby illnesses include:

  • Croup
  • RSV
  • Roseola
  • Strep Throat
  • Influenza
  • Pink Eye
  • Fifth Disease

The sheer number of potential conditions, issues, diseases and viruses which can affect a baby is staggering. However, keeping them in a healthy environment and educating yourself about potential baby problems can help.

Questions and Answers

Q: What is infantile colic?

A: This is when your baby suffers from consistent long bouts of crying without obvious explanation. More than 3 hours per day for more than 3 weeks is a sign of colic. There is no known cause of colic. Diet and environment don’t seem to correlate to colic. Symptoms usually stop 6 months in. The best thing you can do is try to soothe your baby and get some additional support as this can be a difficult time for parents to handle.

Q: How can I tell when a cough is serious?

A: This is actually a difficult choice. Look for secondary symptoms like fevers or trouble breathing. The severity of the couch can suggest something is wrong too. In the end, if there’s any concern, take no chances and see a doctor.

Q: When does a rash need medical attention?

Much like any diseases, if a rash seems to be irritating or serious, it’s good to seek medical attention. As with coughs, better to be safe than sorry and seek medical attention if anything seems amiss.

Q: What is croup?

A: Croup is a respiratory disease very common with young children. It can show as an incredibly rough barking cough.

Q: What is cradle cap?

A: Cradle cap is not well understood either. Most think it is caused by overactive oil glands since babies have very high levels of hormones. Found on the scalp, face and chest, symptoms usually starting around 1 to 3 months and go away on their own.

Disclaimer: Information on this website is not meant to encourage the self-management of any health or wellness issue. Nor is it meant to encourage any one type of medical treatment. Any treatment or advice used may have varying results between individuals. Readers with health-related questions, are always encouraged to seek proper consultation with a physician or certified healthcare provider. No information on this website should be used to ignore any medical or health-related advice, nor should it be the root cause for a delay in a consultation with a physician or a certified healthcare provider.

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