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Signs of Illness in a Newborn
Posted On : 12 Aug 2006 Total Views : 16244 Previous | Next

Signs of Illness in a Newborn

Many parents doubt whether they will recognize if the baby is sick. When you have no experience with babies, being told that a sick baby behaves differently from a well baby is of little comfort.

Is there a change in the baby's behavior?
Is the baby crying more than usual?
Has the tone of the cry changed?
Is the crying at a different time of day than usual?
Is the baby more irritable than usual?
Is the baby sleeping more or less than usual?
Does the baby seem lethargic or listless?
Does the baby have a fever?
How does the baby look?
Is the baby's skin pale or flushed?
Is there a rash anywhere on the baby's body?
Do the baby's eyes look glassy or dull?
Is there any discharge from the eyes?
Has there been a change in the baby's breathing?
Does the baby seem to have trouble breathing?
Does the baby sound congested?
Does the baby have a runny or stuffy nose?
Is the baby coughing?
Has the baby's appetite or digestion changed?
Is the baby eating less than usual?
Has the baby vomited more than once?
If the baby is vomiting, is the vomiting forceful? (This is called projectile vomiting.)
Are there signs of constipation? That is, are the stools hard or more solid than usual?
Are there signs of diarrhea? That is, are the stools watery, or more runny than usual?
Is the baby urinating less frequently than usual? Has the color of the urine changed?

 
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