Posted by: rosec2 | November 13, 2010

Caring for a Sick baby

Like adults, babies get sick too.  It is very frustrating to see a baby sick because they can not talk to tell you what is wrong with them. They express their frustration through crying and sometimes they can cry for a long period of time.  Babies don;t have a strong immune system as a result, they are easily infected with different kinds of diseases if not protected well.  New moms should be careful about people handling their babies especially children. If possible, people around the baby should either wash their hands or use a sanitizer before touching newborns.  Children with running nose, a cold or cough should also be prevented from coming in close contact with newborns.

Newborns and infants can suffer from a cold, cough, diarrhea, fever, dehydration, and a host of other problems.  As a new mom, learn to know your baby well enough to determine if he/she is not feeling well.  Call your baby’s doctor to report any unusual condition your baby may be going through.  After explaining about the condition your baby is in to the doctor or nurse, you may be asked to be seen or do something at home to help your baby feel better.  As a mother I never wanted my son to get sick because of the whole experience of what these little ones go through when they are sick especially with a cold when they can’t breathe and haven;t learn to breath through  their mouth.  Situations like this can be stressful and frustrating for the parent and the baby too.


Responses

  1. It’s so important for parents to be aware of their babies habits and behaviors to help them realize when something is wrong. Especially when diarrhea is a possible issue as it is a leading factor in infant mortality.

  2. My sister and I were just talking about sick babies today because she and her husband are sick. Sick babies just break your heart because you don’t really know what is wrong with them.

  3. This post and picture reminds me of my 3 nephews. They were all born prematurely and it was so hard to see them struggle. Nothing is worse than watching and taking care of a sick baby. Thank goodness for the NICU at Utah Valley Hospital!

  4. This is one of the concerns I have for when I become a mother….how I will care for a sick baby. I think knowing your baby and recognizing signs of trouble could help prevent something really bad from happening.

  5. One of my most memorable babysitting jobs in high school was a job in which when I got to the house the parents handed me the baby and said he has not been feeling well so there is some medicine in the kitchen. It was a really hard job because I felt so sorry for the poor baby but also was sad I could not prevent the crying.

  6. I had colic when I was a baby (or so my mom tells me), and apparently it was an extremely frustrating situation for all involved. The patience of mothers amazes me.

  7. It’s scary to have a sick baby because you know how vulnerable they are already. It must be very stressful not only because you worry for their health but because you are not sure how to help and may feel powerless.

  8. And can I just say that that poor baby in the picture is so darn cute!

  9. I am definitely going to be one of those moms who makes everyone sanitize their hands before they touch my baby. Sick babies make my heart break!

  10. It is so sad to see infants sick. My brother was very sick as a child. It is important to be aware that there could be something more than just an upset child.

  11. Having a sick baby is one of the most difficult things, because of exactly what you said: they can’t tell you what is wrong! It is so sad, but I am so glad there are doctors who specialize in infant care and can help get your baby well.


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