Even the youngest among us are not exempt from debilitating health problems (that we may associate with teens and adults). Babies are susceptible to many health conditions due to their weak immune systems. Check out these four common health problems in babies ranging from newborn to 24 months.
First on the list of common health problems for babies are Urinary tract infections (UTIs). Approximately 4% of babies will develop a UTI in their first 12 months of life). Newborns often fail to drain their bladders fully, and therefore, the parent may need to learn how to catheterize to treat their child at home. For the record, a catheter is a flexible tube inserted into a body cavity to remove the fluid.
Babies can be born with a yellow tinge to their skin and the whites of their eyes. This is known as Jaundice and results from an excessive amount of bilirubin in the child’s bloodstream. Jaundice is usually harmless, however, it can lead to brain damage if left untreated. If you notice these symptoms after leaving the hospital, consult with your child’s pediatrician/
Colds, coughs, and flu’s; we’ve all had them before and knew how annoying they could be. Unfortunately, these infections are more dangerous than annoying when it comes to babies. They are at higher risk of experiencing complications and being hospitalized if they fall ill with an infection. They are also at an increased risk of overall mortality if they contract these infections because their immune systems are frail.
A century ago, 10% of all infants born in England and Wales died of influenza. Luckily, modern medicine has saved the day, so nowadays, these infections rarely turn fatal for your little one. Breastfeeding has many benefits and can prevent these kinds of infections due to the antibodies passed through the milk.
Babies often have gorgeous smooth, clear skin. That said, seeing them later on covered in pimples and resembling a mini teenager can be alarming. Infant acne is speculated to be caused by leftover maternal hormones in the baby’s bloodstream. The condition is benign and usually goes away on its own with time – so moms and dads needn’t worry.
These common problems are not usually serious, but it is always good to keep an eye on your child and if something doesn’t feel or look right – please see a doctor as soon as possible.