Top baby health questions And answers
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This section of our website is devoted to common baby health questions and answers.
What you will find is:
- Baby and toddler health information on a wide range of topics.
- A baby health check list for when to call a doctor.
- How and why to keep a baby health record book.
Questions on newborn care:
- What does a foul smell and discharge from the cord stump mean?
- What are the signs of jaundice or high bilirubine in newborns?
- What makes a baby's soft spot swell?
- Can muscle weakness be a sign of a milk allergy?
Common questions about skin care:
- Is it safe to use calamine lotion to treat a baby heat rash?
- What can I put on my baby's sunburn?
- What should I use for a severe nappy rash?
- Can you bath a baby with a roseola rash?
- Can you use dandruff shampoo on baby cradle cap?
Top questions about skin rashes:
- What does a heat rash on a baby look like?
- What is the lacey rash my baby has all over his body?
- What is the cause of recurring ringworm infections in toddlers?
- What are the symptoms of chickenpox in babies?
- How long does it take an infant to recover from hives?
Frequent questions about birth injuries and birth defects:
- Is restricted neck movement a sign of torticollis?
- How long is physical therapy needed for an infant with torticollis?
- My baby's legs shake uncontrollably, is it a first sign of cerebral palsy?
- What are the characteristics of a baby with Down syndrome?
Baby health issues usually arise out of the blue. Knowing who to contact and at what times the child's doctor is available, will bring parents some peace of mind.
When your baby is ill and you are worried you have to decide how urgent it is. Can you treat it yourself and wait or is time to call for help.
In some cases it is important that you understand when you need to call your healthcare provider. There are certain signs that no parent should ignore and needs to consult a doctor right away.
In other situations there is no time to loose and you need to call 911 or take your baby straight to the emergency.
Call your pediatrician when:
- Baby has a sudden loss of appetite and missed several feedings
- Baby has bowel movements with mucus or blood
- Baby is hard to wake or is listless
- Baby has a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher and is less than 2 months
- Baby develops a sudden and fast spreading rash
When to take baby to the emergency room
- Baby is labored or rapid breathing, has noticeable chest retractions or a blue or pale tinged colouring of to the skin. (Signs of asthma or pneumonia)
- Baby has no wet diaper for more than 6 hours, has continuous vomiting or diarrhea, sunken soft spot (fontanel) and is lethargic. (Signs of dehydration)
- Baby has a stiff neck together with a fever, headache or sensitivity to bright light. (Signs of meningitis)
- Baby has fallen from a significant height on the head and starts vomiting and becomes unusually sleepy or disoriented.
- Baby has ingested alcohol or something poisonous.
- Baby has accidental burns.
When parents go to the ER with a sick child they should also inform their pediatrician. He or she can help the team at the ER with valuable information and the medical history of your child.
It is recommendable to keep a baby health record with all your baby health questions. Write down your question as soon as a problem pops up.
You can do this in a simple notebook or diary or be well organized and buy a Baby health record keeper which is like a medical log book.
You can use such a medical log book to keep track of:
- Baby's birth date, time and Apgar score
- Baby's immunizations
- Baby's development (measurements, teeth chart)
- Baby's illnesses, allergies and medications
- The contact details of baby's doctor(s)
This medical log book will provide useful information not only at every well visit but also when your child goes to kindergarten, school and later university.