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  Katie Boyles   May 19, 2016   Children, Health, Illness, Infant, Toddler 0 Comments

5 common illnesses that your baby may contract

Velocity Care shares the most common sicknesses young children get

Baby illnessWelcoming a new baby is so exciting! During the first few weeks of life, infants are more susceptible to germs and bacteria since their tiny immune systems are still developing. As a parent, you should be aware and informed of illnesses your baby may get.

If you notice something out of the ordinary with your infant, take action immediately. Time is essential with an infant because their immune systems are vulnerable. Toddlers and school-aged children are exposed to more germs and can pick up viruses quickly.

There are several common illnesses for babies that we have described below. It’s important to know the symptoms of these illnesses, especially for when it’s after hours and your child is unwell.

  1. Thrush. Oral thrush appears as white regions inside your baby’s mouth. The spots will appear on the tongue and cheeks. It can cause difficulty eating or swallowing and spread to the mother’s breasts if she is nursing, so it is important for a doctor to address this condition immediately and prescribe necessary treatment.
  1. Jaundice. Yellow discoloration in your new baby’s skin and eyes is the symptom of jaundice to watch for. It occurs because of excess bilirubin in the bloodstream when the baby’s liver isn’t fully removing it yet. Often, treatment is not necessary and a doctor monitors progress.
  1. Fever. Depending on your child’s age, fever can be serious and require medical attention or be managed at home with infant pain reliever. Visit an urgent care clinic immediately if your infant is less than 2 months and the fever is more than 100.2°F; for infants who are 3 to 6 months, a fever more than 101 F; and babies older than 6 months, 103 F. For older children, a fever could be a first sign of strep throat.
  1. Gastroesophageal reflux. With gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), your baby may frequently spit up, vomit, throw his or her legs, arch his or her back, produce wet burps or make gagging noises. To help your baby feel better, give smaller, more frequent feedings throughout the day and night. Also, try sitting your baby upright after feeding.
  1. RSV. Respiratory syncytial virus can be serious in babies less than 1 year old. Symptoms are like a cold, but last much longer, with runny nose, fever and slight cough. If your baby is under 3 months, seek medical attention immediately.

It is important to ensure you properly wash your hands, especially when caring for a baby. Improper hand washing can lead to illnesses in infants’ under-developed immune systems.  

We know how important it is to have a doctor answer any questions or concerns about your baby’s health. Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Centers have medical doctors available for you and your family seven days a week. Find a walk-in clinic near you so you will be prepared when an illness occurs.

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