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Behaviour changes in babiesBBehaviour changes in babiesBehaviour changes in babiesEnglishNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)BodyNANAAdult (19+)Fatigue2009-10-18T04:00:00ZHazel Pleasants, RN, MN Andrew James, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPC11.000000000000041.0000000000000428.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about behaviour changes your infant might display, such as lethargy and irritability. These mood changes may indicate that your baby is ill.</p><p>One of the first signs of illness in babies is a change in behaviour. The baby may cry more or have a change in activity level. Generally, if your baby is active when awake, feeding well, and can be comforted when crying, small differences in activity level or crying are normal. However, if your baby becomes lethargic or irritable, it may be time to see a doctor. Lethargy or irritability may be signs that an illness is present. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Change in behaviour, such as lethargy or irritability, can be a sign of illness in babies.</li> <li>Lethargy may be a sign of a common infection such as a cold, or a serious type of infection such as influenza or meningitis.</li> <li>Irritability may be a sign that your baby has constipation, abdominal pain, an earache, or a viral or bacterial infection. </li></ul>
Changements comportementaux chez les bébésCChangements comportementaux chez les bébésBehaviour changes in babiesFrenchNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)BodyNANAAdult (19+)Fatigue2009-10-18T04:00:00ZHazel Pleasants, RN, MNAndrew James, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPC11.000000000000041.0000000000000428.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Apprenez-en davantage sur les changements comportementaux que pourrait afficher votre nouveau-né, comme la léthargie et l'irritabilité. Ces changements d'humeur peuvent signifier que votre bébé est malade.</p><p>L'un des premiers signes de maladie chez un bébé est un changement dans son comportement. Le bébé pourrait pleurer davantage ou son niveau d'activité pourrait changer. Généralement, si votre bébé est actif lorsqu'il est éveillé, s'il boit bien et si vous réussissez à le calmer lorsqu'il pleure, de petits changements dans son niveau d'activité ou ses pleurs sont normaux. Cependant, si votre bébé devient léthargique ou irritable, c'est le temps de voir le médecin. La léthargie ou l'irritabilité peuvent signifier que votre bébé est malade.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Un changement de comportement, comme de la léthargie ou de l’irritabilité, peut être un symptôme de maladie chez les bébés.</li> <li>La léthargie peut être un symptôme d’une infection fréquente comme le rhume ou d’une infection plus grave comme l’influenza ou la méningite.</li> <li>L’irritabilité peut être un symptôme que votre bébé soit atteint de constipation, de colliques d’une otite ou d’une infection virale ou bactérienne.</li></ul>

 

 

Behaviour changes in babies454.000000000000Behaviour changes in babiesBehaviour changes in babiesBEnglishNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)BodyNANAAdult (19+)Fatigue2009-10-18T04:00:00ZHazel Pleasants, RN, MN Andrew James, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPC11.000000000000041.0000000000000428.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about behaviour changes your infant might display, such as lethargy and irritability. These mood changes may indicate that your baby is ill.</p><p>One of the first signs of illness in babies is a change in behaviour. The baby may cry more or have a change in activity level. Generally, if your baby is active when awake, feeding well, and can be comforted when crying, small differences in activity level or crying are normal. However, if your baby becomes lethargic or irritable, it may be time to see a doctor. Lethargy or irritability may be signs that an illness is present. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Change in behaviour, such as lethargy or irritability, can be a sign of illness in babies.</li> <li>Lethargy may be a sign of a common infection such as a cold, or a serious type of infection such as influenza or meningitis.</li> <li>Irritability may be a sign that your baby has constipation, abdominal pain, an earache, or a viral or bacterial infection. </li></ul><h2>Lethargy</h2> <p>Lethargic or listless babies have little or no energy. They sleep longer than normal, and they may be difficult to wake for feedings. When awake, they are drowsy or sluggish; they are not alert and they do not pay attention to visual stimulation or sounds. Lethargy can develop slowly over time, and parents may have difficulty recognizing it. </p> <p>Lethargy may be a sign of a common infection such as a cold, or a serious type of infection such as influenza or meningitis. Lethargy can be caused by heart conditions or blood diseases such as thalassemia. There are numerous other conditions that can cause lethargy, and lethargy is usually one of many symptoms associated with any particular condition. Therefore, if you notice that your baby is particularly lethargic or listless, bring them to the doctor for an examination. Treatment will depend on the particular condition that is making your baby lethargic and listless. </p> <h2>Irritability</h2> <p>Crying is a baby’s only way of communicating. Over time, babies develop different cries depending on what they need: food, sleep, a diaper change, or a cuddle. Parents gradually learn to decipher their baby’s cries and respond accordingly. Usually parents can console their baby by providing what they need and cuddling them. However, some babies may begin to cry inconsolably. This may be due to a condition called colic, where babies may cry non-stop for three hours or so each evening. Colic begins shortly after birth and may continue for the first six weeks of life. </p> <p>A baby who becomes very irritable, fretful, and fussy, with long crying periods, may be ill or in pain. The baby may also become quite jittery or start to tremble. Irritability may be a sign that your baby has constipation, abdominal pain, an earache, or a viral or bacterial infection. The cause of your baby’s irritability may simply be constipation but it might be something more serious. If your baby is irritable and continues to cry longer than normal, bring them to the doctor for an examination. Treatment will depend on the particular condition that is making your baby irritable. </p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/behaviour_changes_in_babies.jpgBehaviour changes in babies

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