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Does Your Baby Need Medical Help?
A mild illness should only need extra-attentive home care, and will usually improve in a day or so. You should always check baby frequently – including through the night – and watch for any changes, as a baby’s condition can deteriorate very rapidly. Be on the lookout for any signs or symptoms that mean your baby needs medical help, and be prepared in advance…
- Keep a baby thermometer in a safe but handy place – and know how to use it.
- Know what help is available in your area, and where medical centres are located.
- Keep medical centre, helpline, and emergency phone numbers clearly visible by the phone.
- Know how to deal with emergencies – learn some basic life-saving procedures and refresh your knowledge from time to time.
Get emergency help if your baby:
- Is having breathing difficulties
- Grunts or makes other unusual sounds with each breath
- Goes limp and floppy
- Twitches, and jerks
- Has a blue tinge to the mouth and lips, or fingernails and toes
- Has swollen or raised fontanelles (soft spots on the head)
- Cries with an unusual or high-pitched sound
- Has suffered a burn or other serious injury
Meningitis is a very serious condition that has seen increasing cases in recent years and need urgent medical diagnosis and treatment. Meningitis symptoms are often similar to those in other childhood illnesses, but a baby’s condition can worsen quickly. If you suspect meningitis, you should take your baby for urgent medical assistance. Symptoms may include any or all of the following:
- Very high temperature
- Cold hands and feet
- Pronounced shivering
- A cry that is high-pitched or ‘moaning’
- Raised or tensed fontanelles (soft spot on the head)
- Blotchy or pale skin – becoming more pale or blue-looking
- A fine rash or blue/purple areas that will not disappear when pressed with a glass
- Sensitivity to light
- Unusual drowsiness, floppiness or twitching/jerky movements
- ‘Staring’ eyes
- Stiff neck
- Refusing to feed
Other illnesses or infections may need medical treatment, so consult your doctor, medical helpline, or other health professional if baby shows any of the following symptoms:
- Cough that affects baby’s breathing
- High temperature (sometimes accompanied by a rash)
- Skin rash not due to heat or other obvious cause
- Persistent crying or unusual-sounding cry
- Vomiting or diarrhoea for more than 12 hours
- Blood in the stool, or with vomiting
- Fewer than 6 wet nappies a day, dry mouth, sunken-in fontanelles – all signs of dehydration
- An object stuck in the nose or ear – do not try to remove it yourself
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