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Re: How To Spot Signs Of Sickness In Newborns by aboaed: 9:52pm On Jan 18, 2013
solomto: Instructions

Evaluate his appetite. The most noticeable sign of sickness in a newborn is the lack of appetite. If something is wrong, babies will usually stop eating and refuse any food. Projectile or forceful vomiting is also another reason to be concerned.

Consider his behavior. Your newborn's behavior is another indicator of sickness. Is he more tired than usual? Is he very sleepy and hard to wake up? Also, an extremely irritable or inconsolable baby is also a sign of sickness. If any of these symptoms persist for a longer amount of time than usual, you should be concerned.

Take the baby's temperature. Any fever of higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit warrants a call to the doctor. Your baby's immune system is still immature and any fever should alert you to contact the doctor for an evaluation.

Review your baby's elimination pattern. Consider if your baby is constipated or if she has diarrhea. If your newborn is crying while trying to poop or does not poop for a few days or longer than usual, then you should be concerned. Excessive diarrhea can also indicate a sick baby.

Check your baby's breathing. If she is struggling to breathe, coughing, very congested or choking on excessive mucus, you should contact your pediatrician. You will see the chest move up and down, but when the baby is struggling to breathe, this will looked labored and be very hard for the baby.

Evaluate your baby's skin color. A sick newborn may be flushed and have extremely red cheeks or have very pale skin. If the baby's skin is yellow, this may be a sign of jaundice and blue skin may mean that the baby is not getting enough oxygen. If any of these symptoms occur, you should contact a health care provider immediately.

Re: How To Spot Signs Of Sickness In Newborns by aboaed: 9:58pm On Jan 18, 2013
An informative post. Grave warning to all mothers.
Re: How To Spot Signs Of Sickness In Newborns by zizz(m): 4:09am On Jan 19, 2013
I would also like to emphasize on the importance of having and reading good books that can serve as a guide.I remember when I had my first kid my sister gave me a book as a gift titled 'What to Expect the first year' it came as a real blessing to me and helped me know what was happening to my child,what to do in an emergency, what to do and what to expect for each month,in a nuttshell I was able to measure my baby's progress.
The truth is that information is and still remains a parents greatest defence,we can't afford to be ignorant.May God continue to guide us all.


Re: How To Spot Signs Of Sickness In Newborns by Nobody: 6:13pm On Jan 19, 2013
firestar: Very informative!
Informative material, clear, understandable! U get my meaning? Lol
Re: How To Spot Signs Of Sickness In Newborns by EiE1(f): 3:01pm On Jan 20, 2013
sulaimon99: may GOD grant us healthy babies and caring wives ...amin..

Caring husbands nko? Na only the woman get eye abi na only she born am
Re: How To Spot Signs Of Sickness In Newborns by EiE1(f): 3:04pm On Jan 20, 2013
aboaed: An informative post. Grave warning to all mothers.

To both parents if you ask me (not only the mother).

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