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10 Common Diseases for Babies

From beginners to experienced parents, sick babies will always be panic and anxiety-filled happening. Before you and your baby could suffer any hardships, prepare yourself first through reading the list of common diseases for toddlers.

Common Cold

A common cold is a viral infection with over 200 viruses out there. A toddler will get 8 to 10 colds a year so be prepared for stuffy noses, coughing, and sneezing.

Treatment: Colds go away on their own. If there are earaches or fever over 101.5°F, go check with your paediatrician immediately.

 

 Pink Eye

A pair of red watery eyes on a toddler is almost always a pink eye. Pink eye is an inflammation of the lining on the eyelids which may be caused by viruses and bacteria.

Treatment: Viral pink eye will go away on its own while a bacterial one will need antibiotics.

 Ear Infection

Recognizing ear infection relies on the subtle gestures of pulling at ears, sudden nocturnal activeness, and frequent stumbling. More direct signs are crusting near and fluid discharge from the ear.

Treatment: Along with prescribed medications, you should apply heat or cold to the outer ear and elevate your baby’s head to ease their pain.

 Chickenpox

Toddlers infected with chickenpox are faced with possible complications such as infection in the lungs, brain, and bloodstream.

Treatment: The common chickenpox will go away on its own however, antiviral medications will be provided since toddlers are susceptible to serious consequences.

 Whooping cough

Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection. Symptoms include rapid and repetitive coughing fits which empty the air until your baby makes a “whooping sound”. Worse complications include brain damage, pneumonia, and even death.

Treatment: Luckily, vaccines are created to save your baby from this possible dread. But, if your baby does contract the disease, doctors will prescribe antibiotics.

 Pink Eye

 

 Diarrhoea

Babies with diarrhoea are not only productive pooping machines, but they also get dehydrated with sunken eyes and fewer wet diapers accompanied by a fever and vomiting fit.

Treatment: Your baby will depend much on you to avoid dehydration.

 

 Constipation

Naturally, your baby’s diet will expand and change to solid food. Your baby could then find it difficult to pass a stool.

Treatment: There are countless home treatments for you to do and, if the constipation is frequent, contact your paediatrician as needed.

 

Vomiting

Vomiting once in a while is considered normal for babies however if they’re repeated occurrences, your baby may get dehydrated or may have acquired a viral or bacterial infection in the gut.

Treatment

Watch your baby closely and contact your paediatrician if you feel that your child is acting unusually.

 

 Measles

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can be avoided through vaccination. Sadly, vaccination can only be given to 1-year-olds. Measles starts with cold-like symptoms which then proceeds to rashes.

Treatment: Check immediately with your paediatrician to get your baby immunized within 3 days of the onset.

High fever

Although fever is a common symptom, it shouldn’t be overlooked since it can be a sign of a more serious disease. Otherwise, fever can also appear during teething.

Treatment: If your baby is older than 3 months with a temperature of 101.5°F, go now to your paediatrician.


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