Becoming a parent of a newborn baby is a lot of work. And, unfortunately, these little kiddos are too young to tell you what’s wrong. They may cry and fuss, but you’re generally on your own when it comes to caring for your newborn. Until now, that is. There are several serious symptoms babies can exhibit that may fly under the radar for a new mom or dad. What’s more, many of these symptoms should not be ignored. Catching the problem early on will help your newborn avoid serious health problems in the future. Without further adieu, here are serious symptoms babies exhibit that every parent should be on the lookout for. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your doctor right away.
Without fail, your newborn will cry after you take them home from the hospital. But, how much crying is too much crying? Truthfully, your newborn baby’s crying can be attributed to several things. Before jumping to brash conclusions, consider why your baby might be crying. Is your baby hungry? Is your newborn tired? Have you checked their diaper recently? Could your newborn be too hot or too cold? These are all questions you should ask yourself if your baby won’t stop crying.
If you’ve checked all these boxes, you may want to swaddle your newborn or hold them to make them feel safe. Typically, crying is only a major issue if your baby cries multiple times each day for more than three hours at a time. The constant crying is obviously a major nuisance, but it’s also an indicator that your baby needs help. Something is obviously causing your baby discomfort, and you may need a medical professional to help you find out why.
There’s nothing like the feeling of soft, newborn baby skin. While newborns are delightfully soft, you should make sure you pay close attention to their skin. Serious symptoms baby’s exhibit through the skin include certain rashes and jaundice. A normal diaper rash usually isn’t a cause for alarm. These rashes tend to fade if you lightly press them with your finger. If you lightly press and you find the rash does not fade and is located on the baby’s chest, back, arms, or legs, this could be a serious symptom your baby needs help with. A rash that won’t go away could be due to an infection like meningitis or a more serious disease of the blood vessels. If you notice this kind of rash on your newborn, schedule an appointment with your newborn’s doctor right away.
Similarly, signs of jaundice can be an indicator your baby needs to see a doctor. Often times, newborns will get some form of jaundice in the early stages after birth. In most cases, jaundice will go away on its own. However, if you notice yellowing of your newborn’s skin or eyes after your baby’s first doctor check-up, this may indicate your baby’s liver is not functioning properly. Serious symptoms baby’s experience like jaundice warrant a doctor’s visit.
You should always pay attention to your baby’s skin temperature, too. If your baby seems overly hot, they may be experiencing a fever. Typically, infants should not get fevers during the first three months of their lives. While the baby may feel hot, they also may show serious fever symptoms like being overly sluggish or nonresponsive. If your baby has a rectal temperature over 100.4 F, visit your doctor or even the Emergency Room. Fevers usually indicate a serious bacterial infection in infants.
Other pesky problems
If your baby shows signs of irregular breathing, you should schedule a doctor’s visit right away. Irregular breathing can be attributed to infants inhaling and exhaling very quickly, the middle of the chest sinking in, and excessive coughing. All of these issues may point to a bigger problem, which is why it’s important for your baby to see a doctor right away. Vomiting and diarrhea are also important to keep an eye out for. These serious symptoms baby’s show should never be taken lightly, as they can lead to even bigger problems due to dehydration or infection. If your baby vomits with force, rather than a little dribble on their bib, this may indicate they cannot keep food down for a variety of reasons. Vomiting will also greatly dehydrate your baby, as will diarrhea. Infants should be taken to see a doctor if they have excessive diarrhea because this can dehydrate them faster than it would older children.
Blood or mucus in your baby’s stool or vomit are also serious indicators that your baby needs to see a doctor. Other serious symptoms include mucus oozing from the eyes, tenderness around the naval or penis, and lips that look blue, purple or gray. These are very serious issues and may warrant a trip to the Emergency Room if you cannot schedule an appointment with your infant’s primary doctor quickly enough. Although parenting a newborn is never a necessarily easy task, keeping an eye out for these serious symptoms will help keep your baby happy and healthy.
If you have any questions about the aforementioned symptoms, schedule a meeting with your doctor to discuss these items more thoroughly. And remember, no question is too silly or pointless when it comes to your baby’s health. Ask as many questions as you can until you feel confident about caring for your infant.