When it comes to having your first baby, you’re going to be dealing with more emotions that you ever previously thought possible. The sheer levels of joy and euphoria that you’ll be feeling are often matched only by the terror and confusion that come with them. Of course, the last thing you want is to spend all of your time panicking when all you really want to do is spend time getting to know the new addition to your family. Of course, there are some things that you most certainly do need to be worried about. The tricky thing is being able to figure out the difference between the things that should be cause for concern and the things that don’t really matter. Knowing the difference between the two can mean the difference between feeling constantly stressed or missing something important, and having a happy, relaxed family life. With that in mind, here are a few common baby health problems so that you can know whether or not you need to be concerned about them.
Jaundice is the kind of thing that most people are naturally pretty worried about. After all, in adults, it’s usually a sign of something incredibly serious like organ failure. However, in babies, it’s not always quite as serious as that. A lot of babies are born with rather high bilirubin because their livers still need to grow and mature. This means that they’re unable to filter it out which can lead to jaundice. A lot of the time it’s likely to resolve itself over time, and your baby’s body develops. However, it’s still worth talking to your baby’s doctor about it so that they can treat it because there are still occasions where jaundice can lead to serious problems.
Again, this is the kind of thing that can be incredibly alarming if you go and pick your baby up out of their crib and see that their skin is a color that skin really shouldn’t ever be. As frightening as this can be, it’s really not that much of a cause for concern most of the time. If it’s just small areas like the hands, feet, or around their mouth, then that’s not really an issue and will, in all likelihood disappear over time. Then again, if it’s something that covers their entire body or that lasts for a long time, then it could be a sign that they’re not getting enough blood to certain parts of their body or that their lungs aren’t functioning properly. Most of the time it’s nothing to worry about, but if you’re concerned, then there’s nothing wrong with going to the doctor about it.
Part of being a parent involved getting used to a lot of your baby’s bodily functions that you might have previously wanted to ignore. Things like spitting up are so common that you’ll find most parents don’t even blink at it after a certain point. Of course, when you’re in the early days, it can be frightening to see a milky explosion burst out of your infant’s face. Most of the time, it’s probably just down to a build of gas, but if it seems to be happening a lot, or it seems to be partially digested, then that could be a sign that there’s something more serious going on. You should also be aware that your child’s bodily functions are going to change pretty significantly once they start eating solid food which can be rather alarming the first time it happens!
Cradle cap is one of the most common problems for a lot of babies, and it’s also one of the ones that you should be least concerned about. Sure, no one wants to see that their baby has rough, rashy, flaky skin all over their scalp but it’s much more unsightly than it is actually harmful. Not only that but there are plenty of cradle cap treatment options available so you don’t have to worry about putting up with it since it can also be a little uncomfortable for your baby. You should also be aware that it won’t necessarily be limited to the top of their head either. It can also show up in other places on their body, but that’s also not that much of an issue.
Babies cry. That’s what babies do. There’s nothing you can do to change that, and you’d better just come to terms with the fact that your baby is going to spend a lot of the time that they’re not sleeping, crying. Of course, there comes a time when the difference between normal crying and non-stop tantrums becomes pretty clear. Colic is one of those things that can leave a lot of parents pulling their hair out with frustration. The problem is that a lot of time it’s difficult to even fully understand what’s causing the crying in the first place. There are a lot of theories about what causes colic, but there isn’t really that much consensus overall. Most people think that it’s a build-up of gas in the baby’s system that’s making them uncomfortable and they’re
expressing it in the only way they know how. Make sure that you’re burping them as thoroughly as possible but if it seems as though your baby is in continued distress, taking them to see a medical professional is always a good idea.
It is incredible just how much of your life revolves around poop once you have a baby. You would never expect to find yourself being so concerned with everything from the consistency to the frequency of your baby’s movements. Most of the time there’s nothing particularly interesting going on (aside from the occasional explosion that requires you to wash all of your sheets at once), but it can be at least a little concerning if you find that your little one hasn’t filled their diaper in several days. There are a couple of reasons why this might be, luckily most of them are pretty harmless. The reality is that there’s no definite schedule for your baby when it comes to their bodily functions and it’s totally normal for a baby to go to the toilet anywhere from four times a day to once every four days. You might worry that your baby is uncomfortable but you can be sure that if there was something wrong, they’d almost certainly let you know about it. If it seems as though your baby is dealing with a lot of discomfort or pain while they’re trying to go number two, it might be worth getting them checked out, just to be safe. Again, this can all change pretty drastically once your baby is weaned off milk and onto solid food.
Of course, you should remember that if there is ever a single doubt in your mind about your baby’s well being then the first thing that you do should be to contact a doctor immediately. Sure, there are plenty of parents who worry that they’re going to be seen as fussy or too worried if they take their child to the doctor too often, but it’s far better to take your child to the doctor and have them be totally fine nine times out of ten than it is to miss that one in ten chance that there’s something seriously wrong.