When you have a baby it is absolutely normal and natural to worry about everything that happens with your baby,about every splutter,sneeze and cough. It is essential to pay attention to everything that seems strange or different at your baby and take action in order to prevent something minor from
transforming into something serious. To help you do what is best for your baby,we found some baby health advice, which might be very useful in the future.
Regular health checks – When they have to be done and how
Before babies are two months old,they will be offered a medical checkup as a general review of their health. Although most babies are healthy,this is a very good opportunity to pick up some potential health problems that could benefit from early treatment. You are allowed to stay with your baby throughout the checkup. The doctor will check your baby’s eyes,heart,hips or testes if it’s a boy. It can be a little bit uncomfortable for your baby but it won’t cause any pain whatsoever. You will be told immediately if everything is OK or if there is something that needs further investigation. The doctor will give you a paper known as the red book which contains information about your baby’s health.
It is very simple,you have to immunize your baby in order to protect him from some diseases and prevent illness from being passed around. Some diseases are very dangerous and can leave a child disabled. Remember,this is not something that the law requires, it is optional. However,if you decide to immunize your baby,you must talk with your doctor about that and do not feel embarrassed to ask him any question you have in mind.
What to do if your baby has fever
If your baby has fever ,most doctors advice parents to use ibuprofen and paracetamol. Usually,up to six months it is recommended to give your baby 2,5 ml infant paracetamol,given up to four times per day. In case of fever, you must give your baby to drink lots of fluids to keep him hydrated. The best choice is water. You have to make sure your baby is lightly dressed if there is a proper temperature in the room and ensure your baby gets enough sleep.
When is help urgently needed
There are certain signals that indicate a baby is unwell and urgently needs to be seen by a specialist. The following symptoms must never be ignored:
– not interested in eating;
– unusually drowsy or listless;
– high temperature over 38 degrees;
– semi-conscious or unconscious;
– does not like being touched or seems irritable;
– has had diarrhea for more than 12 hours;
– excessive vomiting;
– discharge of any sort from navel,eyes,penis,vagina or ears.