When Should You Be Concerned About Your Baby's Health?

by Colby Brister - Date: 2010-10-23 - Word Count: 581 Share This!

Your baby's health is one of the most important and delicate things that you have to keep abreast of. Especially when they are newborns a baby's immune system is very weak. It's vital that you do what you can to help protect your new child from anything that could cause a serious or potentially life threatening illness. Of course getting sick is not the only consideration that you have to keep in mind when you are talking about the health of your baby. You should also be aware of diseases and complications that could put your baby and their overall health at risk.

When speaking about a baby's health, one of the most important things that we have to consider is the baby's temperature. So, what is the appropriate temperature for a baby and when should you be concerned about the baby structure being too high? In most cases, babies that are the one to three months should have their rectal temperature never exceed 100.2, for babies who are 4 to 6 months old the rectal torture should never be more than 101. Anything above these numbers and you should immediately begin taking steps to lower the baby's temperature. You can do this by pouring cool water over the baby's chest and forehead, as well as giving them a small amount of liquid baby aspirin. You should also immediately call your doctor. If the temperature does not break within an hour or so, you should take your baby to the nearest emergency room without hesitation.

Another important consideration to keep in mind is the eating patterns of the baby. If your baby is not hungry, even with repeated attempts to feed; it's a warning sign that something may be wrong. If your baby does not take food within 12 hours of the last time that they ate; you should immediately consult your doctor. Long periods without food or water are not healthy; they pose a very significant risk to your baby in the form of malnutrition and dehydration.

You should also pay very close attention to the breathing patterns of your baby. If you notice anything that seems out of the ordinary, you should immediately consult your doctor and a pediatric respiratory therapist. This is important, and is in an attempt to catch the early signs of asthma, which is a very serious and potentially life threatening illness that affects approximately 1/10 of the American population. All babies breathes softly, so if you notice that your baby is breathing hard or breathing especially weak, you should not hesitate, immediately bundle your baby and take it to the nearest emergency room; when it comes to respiratory distress, time is of the essence, missed minutes could be the difference between a minor issue and one which poses life or death consequences.

Lastly, are the indicators that come from your baby's digestive system. We all know that babies make an enormous amount of poop, this is both good and bad. This is bad if you're the unfortunate soul who is tasked with changing their diapers; this is good because the state of their poop is an excellent indicator of their overall health. Stool that is bloody or tar-like are indicators of things that are not good and you should immediately consult your doctor. Hard, or chunky stool could be indicative of dehydration you should consult your pediatrician just be on the safe side but increasing the amount of electrolyte fluids that your baby takes in should be sufficient.

Colby Brister is the loving parent of one boy and one girl, he is also a writer for MyBabyBeddingShop.Com. Check out his glenna jean baby bedding or his Crib Sheets or his Modern Baby Bedding.n
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