Know common infant infections which may affect your baby!

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Know common infant infections which may affect your baby!

Know common infant infections which may affect your baby!

The first year of baby’s life is critical time for every parent to pay extra attention. An infant is highly prone to infections as they are at high risk for catching diseases like pneumonia, sepsis or bacterial infections. Immature immune system of newborns doesn’t have enough antibodies to fight off these infections.

Here is a list of some season’s offenders that strike babies most

The Common Cold. A runny nose, cough, congestion, and fever are its common signs. Infant faces trouble in having feed or sleeping due to stuffed nose. For a baby less than 6 months, even cold could be serious. To ease this, saline nasal drops or room humidifiers are recommended.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). It directly affects a new born’s lungs, baby may get bronchiolitis or pneumonia. If baby is experiencing troubled breathing and a high fever; it’s an emergency which needs immediate medical assistance.

  1. When baby coughs like barking or scary sound, generally at night, it may be Croup. Take baby in a steamy bathroom or for a walk in the cool outdoors. If these are not working, then consult doctor.
  2. Babies with Flu have cough and cold accompanied with vomiting and fever. Babies are offered Flu vaccinations after 6 months of birth. The vaccination schedule should not be ignored. To ease this, doctor may prescribe an antiviral or a fever reducer medication.

Whooping Cough. Initially, it’s like a cold, but after one or two weeks, your baby may develop a severe hack, and a whooping sound. This is preventable with timely vaccine. If situation is under control, an antibiotic can help. Otherwise baby will need to stay in the hospital.

Stomach Flu. Baby having diarrhoea and vomiting, may have the contagious nor virus. Call the doctor if he is in pain or spotting blood or having dehydration.

Remember, babies younger than six months are not recommended for flu vaccination. Better to take certain precautions to avoid such complications. Also keep yourself updated on common baby worries in the first year! Sometimes mothers worry to much!

Stay tuned to MediMetry for professional help on preventing Flu. 

Go ahead and send across this article to let your “new parent” friends keep their infant safe!