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What to do When Your Baby is Sick

ID-100228847No one wants to be sick, but it’s easier to treat someone who can talk than someone who can’t. If your infant becomes ill, stay calm and everything will be okay! Fevers and illnesses are more serious for infants 3 months and younger. In these cases if your baby is sick you should immediately contact your doctor.

For the common cold it’s handy to have a nasal aspirator, these devices suck the nasal drip from the infants nose when squeezed and slowly released. Your infant might not like the sensation and cry, but don’t stop using this gadget, it’s better to have a few seconds of discomfort rather than not be able to breathe through the nose. Additionally, you don’t want the baby to wipe their nose mucus into their eyes because this can cause conjunctivitis in the eyes and then spread to you. If your baby’s cold becomes worse you can take them to see their pediatrician. The doctor might might recommend a type of over-the-counter medicine for your little one.

If your baby develops a fever give them a fever reducer from the drug store. If the fever rises above 100.4 and you’re baby is not acting like themselves then you should take a trip to see the doctor. If your child has a fever and the medicine doesn’t take away the fever then you should take the baby to the emergency room, or if the fever reaches 104 degrees you should head straight to the emergency room.

If your baby has a high fever accompanied with vomiting and diarrhea you should see your family doctor. Check for signs of other illness such as cough, loss of appetite, earache, fussiness, and sleepiness. These could be signs of something more than a cold.

You may have heard bout letting your baby’s immune system fight the infection through the fever. Letting your baby sweat it out only works if the fever is a low grade fever, a high grade fever may need the medicine to allow the infant to feel comfortable while awake or sleeping in order to more effectively fight the infection. You can give your baby a bath in lukewarm water and sponge their forehead with a cool cloth.

Whenever you give your baby medicine, make sure your doctor has recommended it. Ibuprofen is usually not prescribed or given to children 6months and under. Acetaminophen is the most common fever reducer given to children. When giving doses always follow directions closely, paying attention to the weight of your baby more than the age. And most importantly, never give more than the daily recommended dosage.