Thrush is an infection of themouthobserved usually in infants caused by a type of yeast known as Candida fungus. Thrush is not just limited to mouth; it can als...
Thrush is an infection of the mouth observed usually in infants caused by a type of yeast known as Candida fungus. Thrush is not just limited to mouth; it can also cause diaper rash in infants or vaginal yeast infections in women. Body requires some amount of fungus which is controlled by immune system along with some "good" bacteria. If the immune system is extremely weak, or not yet fully functional which is usually the case in infants, Candida can have an overgrowth and ultimately lead to the infection known as, “Thrush”.
What are the Symptoms?
In the initial stages of oral thrush it may be difficult to diagnose; however, as time passes, the following symptoms may grow:
- Dry cracked skin at the corners of the mouth.
- White lesions on the tongue, cheeks, gums, or tonsils.
- A creamy, white material, slight bleeding on the surface of the lesions.
- Infants may face difficulty during feeding and may observe irritable behaviour.
Even though it is common in infancy, you can help prevent by taking the following preventive measures:
- Formula feeding or using pacifier? Clean the nipples and pacifiers in hot water after each use.
- Storing milk and prepared bottles in refrigerator prevents yeast from growing..
- Breastfeeding with sore and red nipples? May be you and the baby are passing it back & forth. Talk to your doctor for using an antifungal ointment while baby is treated with antifungal solution.
What is the Treatment?
Consult your doctor if you suppose your baby is experiencing above symptoms and might have thrush. The doctor will prescribe an oral antifungal treatment such as miconazole gel or nystatin suspension. Apply the gel to the infected part in your baby’s mouth. Maintain high level of sanitation and always clean your hands with anti-bacterial solutions after treating your baby. It may take a week of treatment of the infection.
Depending on your baby's age, doctor might suggest adding yoghurt with lactobacilli to your child's diet. The lactobacilli are the "good" bacteria that can hep eliminate yeast in your child's mouth.Doctor may recommend treatment for mother in case you are breastfeeding even though you may not have any symptoms. This will avoid passing the infection again to your baby when you breastfeed her.
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Finally, after such a long wait of nine months you are holding your little angel in your lap. This joy is untold, and is experienced only by you, a mother! Babi...
Finally, after such a long wait of nine months you are holding your little angel in your lap. This joy is untold, and is experienced only by you, a mother!
Babies are wonderful and beautiful creatures, who can make you, fret from their strange physical attributes, stranger habits, but are completely normal. Believe it or not, you will most likely find yourself obsessing about very small things, especially when it’s your first baby.
Here is a list of most common newborn worries along with satisfying reasoning to let you get rid of these unwanted worries and enjoy the new phase of motherhood:
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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 cat...
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.
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!
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For you as parents, it is normal to feel frustrated, anxious, stressful or even annoyed- ‘When your baby is crying nonstop for hours and is uncontrollable’. Thi...
For you as parents, it is normal to feel frustrated, anxious, stressful or even annoyed- ‘When your baby is crying nonstop for hours and is uncontrollable’. This condition of constant crying in infants when they cry for more than 3 hours and repeat this behavior atleast 3-4 days in a week is known as Colic; and the baby is addressed as colicky baby. Usually colic starts at an age of 2 weeks, maximizes at 6 weeks, and vanishes by 16 weeks.
Symptoms of a colicky baby include apparent abdominal pain, a swollen tummy, irritation, gassiness, and long crying typically in the evening and lasting for hours.
Here are some tips to soothe your baby:
Remember, understanding what works for your baby may take some time because every colicky baby’s body metabolism is different. Get your baby examined by the doctor to make sure that there are no medical or feeding issues.
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Sticky eye is the consequence of a blocked tear duct. In this, your little one may get a white or yellow colored discharge at the corners of the eyes. Sticky ey...
Sticky eye is the consequence of a blocked tear duct. In this, your little one may get a white or yellow colored discharge at the corners of the eyes. Sticky eye generally appears within the first 24 hours after birth. Sometimes, due to heavy discharge the baby’s eyes can appear ‘glued’ shut. Generally, sticky eye is not a serious problem and can be treated at home. But, baby’s eyes are so tender, you should not take any risk, it might be a bacterial eye infection and may need medical treatment. Please note that Sticky Eyes is not Conjunctivitis.
Causes of sticky eye
A baby get sticky eye when a tear duct is blocked, due to amniotic fluid or skin cells. Because of that sticky discharge eyelids stick together.
Sticky eye condition cannot be prevented as it occurs when your baby is born with a blocked tear duct. Generally, tear ducts open up and start draining within the first few months after birth. If it doesn’t open naturally, then it is opened by doctor with a fine probe under anesthesia after the age of one year.
Mostly, sticky eye can be treated at home. Take cotton dampened in saline solution,and then gently wipe your child’s eye from the inner corner to the outer one. Use a fresh cotton ball for each wipe. If you have bathed the eye open, dry it through a dry cotton ball. Repeat this process each time when you feed your baby. Sticky eye caused by bacteria will be treated with antibiotic eye drops only so it is advised to consult your doctor before starting any home treatment.
If baby’s sticky eye gets worse with home treatment, take the baby to the doctor, as this could be a sign of bacterial infection.
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Pink eye or Conjunctivitis in babiesis a medical issue that causes redness and swelling on the thin layer that covers the front of the eye. Pinkeye commonly occ...
Pink eye or Conjunctivitis in babies is a medical issue that causes redness and swelling on the thin layer that covers the front of the eye. Pinkeye commonly occurs in babies older than two months, as they touch their eyes repeatedly that could spread the infection. Being contagious; the infection initially starts in one eye and then pass on to the other eye.
General causes of Conjunctivitis are-
Symptoms of Conjunctivitis are-
Whenever you find any of these symptoms in your baby, immediately take your baby to the doctor.
Good hygiene can prevent you and your baby from conjunctivitis-
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Influenza or Flu is a serious disease for infants and young kids. It’s an infection of the throat, nose and the lungs caused by influenza viruses. The young bab...
Influenza or Flu is a serious disease for infants and young kids. It’s an infection of the throat, nose and the lungs caused by influenza viruses. The young babies, especially under 2 years are at high risk of serious complications as their immune system is not yet fully developed.
Flu symptoms in babies are quite similar to that of cold and cough. Still, there are a few key differences and can last a week or longer. Watch out for these symptoms and take necessary actions
Ways to ease baby's when under flu
However if your baby has caught flu, you can take following steps to ease your baby:
Since Flu is a viral infection, so it can’t be treated with antibiotics. Also don't use honey to ease your baby's cough and cold. It is not safe for infants. Upon doctor’s consultation and starting the medication, you should start observing recovery in 3-5 days. Though it will still take some more time, say a month, for your baby to come back to its normal self. And in this time your baby needs lots of hugs and mother’s love to recover naturally.
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Newborns are always at high risk forinfections infirst 4 to 6 weeks of their new life. Although, babies get antibodies through the breastfeed, but infant’s immu...
Newborns are always at high risk for infections in first 4 to 6 weeks of their new life. Although, babies get antibodies through the breastfeed, but infant’s immune system is still immature; and doesn't have enough antibodies to fight off cold and flu like infections. Flu can be the cause of a life threatening illness in a newborn.
Here are some germs fighting conducts to reduce the risk of flu for your baby:
Follow these simple steps and maintain good hygiene around your baby. You will easily pass through the Flu season before you even know it!
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Infant Jaundice or Hyperbilirubinemia is a common condition in new born and usually appears within first five days of infant’s life. It’s a medical condition wh...
Infant Jaundice or Hyperbilirubinemia is a common condition in new born and usually appears within first five days of infant’s life. It’s a medical condition when baby's blood carries excess amount of bilirubin thereby causing yellow shade on baby’s skin and sclera (white part of the human eye). It is not of serious nature unless it stays for more than 4-5 days post birth. A large number of the newborns have jaundice and it generally vanishes out within one or two weeks. You should keep a watch on your baby’s skin and eye color to ensure your baby is not suffering from severe jaundice, as high levels of bilirubin can lead to brain damage (kernicterus) or severe lifelong issues. It is advised to do a regular follow-up with your doctor until it goes away completely.
Causes or Reasons behind Jaundice in newborns
Excess of bilirubin is the major cause of jaundice.
Bilirubin is a yellow stuff, created when human body breaks down old red blood cells and it is excreted out through urine or stool. During pregnancy, bilirubin is automatically removed from baby’s body through placenta. Normally after birth, baby's body can treat bilirubin on its own. Most of the time, babies have physiologic jaundice, which appears as a result of the inefficiency of their organs in decomposing bilirubin; and usually shows up after 24 hours of birth. It increases for three - four days and then gradually goes away in a week.
It is very rare for an infant to have jaundice due to other issues such as infection, poor digestive system or Rh incompatibility.
Symptoms of Infant Jaundice are-
First of all, DO NOT PANIC, and immediately consult your doctor if your baby continues to show symptoms of Jaundice even after a week. Let your doctor decide the course of treatment.
Depending upon the severity of the condition, Phototherapy is used for the treatment of jaundice in newborns. In this technique, newborn’s body is exposed to fluorescent light, baby’s skin absorbs that light leading to reduction in bilirubin levels. Always consult a doctor, don't try to treat yourself by placing baby in the sun. Only a particular light and controlled conditions are required for this treatment.
Most importantly, do not panic and ensure you feed your baby at least 8 to 12 times a day.
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