Constipation: Do not worry too much if bowel movements become less frequent as your baby grows older, unless stools are hard, or your child cries, bleeds, strains or seems to be in pain during bowel movements.
Fever: High temperature is a sign that your baby’s body is fighting some infection. See a pediatrician if your baby has persistent high fever (104 degrees and above) -especially if your baby is younger than two months or if the fever lasts more than a day.
Common Colds: Babies catch colds frequently due to their weaker immune systems. Babies who are breastfed catch colds less often. To minimize colds; breastfeed, limit exposure to second hand smoke, wash hands thoroughly before touching your baby, avoid taking your toddler to crowded areas, and wear a mask while breastfeeding if you are ill.
Allergies: An allergy is when your child’s immune system reacts immediately to something that is normally harmless. Symptoms include watery eyes and nose, itchy or swollen eyes or lips, reddish skin rashes, diarrhea and/or vomiting. Take your baby immediately to a doctor if he/she shows difficulty breathing during an allergy attack.
Wheezing and Asthma: Wheezing is common among young children and is characterized by a whistling sound when your child breathes, especially when he/she has a cold or a viral infection. This normally settles soon afterwards. If your child has a persistent, dry cough, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest, see your pediatrician as your child may have asthma- a longer-term chronic condition.
Urine Infections: If your child urinates frequently, shows pain or discomfort when passing urine, become irritable, and has mild fever, he/she may have a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), and may require antibiotics from a doctor.
Vomiting and diarrhea: This is common among toddlers. Toddlers can become dehydrated quickly so make sure your child continues to take sufficient fluids such as water, juice or oral rehydration fluids. See your doctor if the vomiting and/or diarrhea persist.
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