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Babies: How can you tell if your baby is ill?BBabies: How can you tell if your baby is ill?Babies: How can you tell if your baby is ill?EnglishNAPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months)BodyNAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)Diarrhea;Fever;Rash;Vomiting2009-12-17T05:00:00ZDouglas Campbell, MD, FRCPC;Hazel Pleasants, RN, MN;Andrew James, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPC000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>​​​​Learn about signs that your baby may be ill, such as fever, irritability, and lethargy, and when to take your baby to a doctor.</p><p>A change in behaviour is often a sign of illness in babies. If your baby is ill, they may cry more or have a change in activity level. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Fever is usually a sign that your baby’s body is fighting an infection.</li> <li>One of the first signs of illness in babies is a change in behaviour such as being lethargic or irritable.​</li> <li>In newborn babies and young infants three months of age or under, fever may be the first and only sign of a serious infection.​</li> </ul>
الرضّع: كيف يمكنك معرفة ما إذا كان طفلك مريضاًاالرضّع: كيف يمكنك معرفة ما إذا كان طفلك مريضاًBabies: How can you tell if your baby is ill?ArabicNAPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months)BodyNAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)Diarrhea;Fever;Rash;Vomiting2009-12-17T05:00:00ZNA9.0000000000000054.00000000000001586.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>تعلّم عن امراض الرضع، اعراض المرض وكيف تلاحظ أي تغيرات في سلوك الطفل. أقرأ عن علامات المرض عند الرضع و علاجه من الحمى، التهيج والسبات وغيرها من الأمراض.</p>
婴儿:怎样判别你的宝宝是否生病了?婴儿:怎样判别你的宝宝是否生病了?Babies: How can you tell if your baby is ill?ChineseSimplifiedNAPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months)BodyNAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)Diarrhea;Fever;Rash;Vomiting2009-12-17T05:00:00Z54.00000000000009.000000000000001586.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>了解你的宝宝可能生病的症状,如发烧、易怒和嗜睡以及何时带宝宝去看医生。</p>
嬰兒:怎樣判別你的寶寶是否生病了?嬰兒:怎樣判別你的寶寶是否生病了?Babies: How Can You Tell if Your Baby Is Ill?ChineseTraditionalNAPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months)BodyNAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)Diarrhea;Fever;Rash;Vomiting2009-12-17T05:00:00Z54.00000000000009.000000000000001586.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>瞭解你的寶寶可能生病的症狀,如發燒、易怒和嗜睡以及何時帶寶寶去看醫生。</p>
Bébés: comment dire si le vôtre est malade?BBébés: comment dire si le vôtre est malade?Babies: How can you tell if your baby is ill?FrenchNAPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months)BodyNAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)Diarrhea;Fever;Rash;Vomiting2009-12-17T05:00:00ZDouglas Campbell, MD, FRCPC;Hazel Pleasants, RN, MN;Andrew James, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPC000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Vous apprendrez les signes d'une maladie possible, comme la fièvre, l'irritabilité et la léthargie, et quand apporter votre bébé chez le médecin.<br></p><p>Un changement de comportement est souvent un signe de maladie chez les bébés. Si votre bébé est malade, il peut pleurer davantage ou avoir un niveau d’activité différent. </p><h2>À retenir</h2><ul><li>La présence de fièvre est généralement le signe que votre corps lutte contre une infection.</li> <li>Un des premiers signes de maladie chez les bébés est un changement de comportement - par ex., léthargie ou irritabilité.</li><li>Chez les nouveau-nés et les nourrissons de trois mois et moins, la fièvre peut être le premier et le seul symptôme d’une infection grave. </li></ul>
Bebés: ¿Cómo puede usted saber si su bebé está enfermo?BBebés: ¿Cómo puede usted saber si su bebé está enfermo?Babies: How Can You Tell if Your Baby Is Ill?SpanishNAChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANANAAdult (19+)NA2009-12-17T05:00:00Z54.00000000000009.000000000000001586.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Infórmese acerca de los signos que indican que su bebé puede estar enfermo, tales como fiebre, irritabilidad y letargo, y sepa cuándo debe llevar a su bebé a un médico.</p>
குழந்தைகள்: உங்கள் பிள்ளை சுகவீனமுற்றிருக்கிறதாவென எவ்வாறு கண்டறியலாம்?குழந்தைகள்: உங்கள் பிள்ளை சுகவீனமுற்றிருக்கிறதாவென எவ்வாறு கண்டறியலாம்?Babies: How Can You Tell if Your Baby Is Ill?TamilNAChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANANAAdult (19+)NA2009-12-17T05:00:00Z54.00000000000009.000000000000001586.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>காய்ச்சல், சிடுசிடுப்பு மற்றும் சோர்வு, போன்ற உங்கள் குழந்தையின் சுகவீனத்திற்கான அறிகுறைகளைப் பற்றியும் குழந்தையை எப்போது மருத்துவரிடம் எடுத்துச் செல்லவேண்டும் என்பதைப் பற்றியும் கற்றுக்கொள்ளுங்கள்.</p>
بچے: اپنے بچے کی بیماری جا چنے کا طریقہببچے: اپنے بچے کی بیماری جا چنے کا طریقہBabies: How Can You Tell if Your Baby Is IllUrduNAChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANANAAdult (19+)NA2009-12-17T05:00:00Z54.00000000000009.000000000000001586.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>بچے کی بیماری،چڑچڑا پن،بخار،اور سستی کی علامات کے متعلق سیکھیے،اور یہ کہ کب ڈاکٹر کے پاس ے جانا ضروری ھے<br></p>

 

 

Babies: How can you tell if your baby is ill?710.000000000000Babies: How can you tell if your baby is ill?Babies: How can you tell if your baby is ill?BEnglishNAPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months)BodyNAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)Diarrhea;Fever;Rash;Vomiting2009-12-17T05:00:00ZDouglas Campbell, MD, FRCPC;Hazel Pleasants, RN, MN;Andrew James, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPC000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>​​​​Learn about signs that your baby may be ill, such as fever, irritability, and lethargy, and when to take your baby to a doctor.</p><p>A change in behaviour is often a sign of illness in babies. If your baby is ill, they may cry more or have a change in activity level. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Fever is usually a sign that your baby’s body is fighting an infection.</li> <li>One of the first signs of illness in babies is a change in behaviour such as being lethargic or irritable.​</li> <li>In newborn babies and young infants three months of age or under, fever may be the first and only sign of a serious infection.​</li> </ul><h2>When to see a doctor</h2><h3>See your child's doctor right away if you notice any of the following signs:</h3><ul><li>a <a href="/Article?contentid=30&language=English">fever</a> (for babies 3 months old or younger) </li><li>crying inconsolably </li><li>listless or limp </li><li>having convulsions (<a href="/Article?contentid=1773&language=English">seizures</a>)</li><li>fontanelle, the soft spot at the top of their head, is starting to swell </li><li>pain </li><li>purple splotches on their skin, or another type of rash </li><li>pale or flushed </li><li>problems breathing </li><li>refusing to breastfeed or drink from a bottle </li><li>appears to have trouble swallowing </li><li>vomiting or has <a href="/Article?contentid=7&language=English">diarrhea</a></li></ul><p>In newborn babies and young infants three months of age or under, fever may be the first and only sign of a serious infection. If you notice a temperature that is even just slightly above the normal range, bring your newborn baby to the doctor as soon as possible. A normal temperature is 38°C (101°F) taken rectally or 37.5°C (99.5°F) taken under the armpit.</p><h2>Behaviour changes</h2><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><h3>Lethargy</h3><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 <a href="/Article?contentid=761&language=English">meningitis</a>. 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><h3>Irritability</h3><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 <a href="/Article?contentid=295&language=English">colic​</a>, 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><h2>Fever</h2><p>It is important to realize that while fever is serious in newborn babies, it is not necessarily a bad thing if the baby is over three months of age. Fever is the body's way of fighting infection, so it is actually a good thing. </p><h3>How to take your baby’s temperature</h3><p>There are two ways to take your baby’s temperature: rectally or under their armpit. Do not use a mercury-filled thermometer. The most accurate method is the rectal way; however, many parents do not find this approach very appealing. Here are a few tips for taking your newborn baby’s temperature.</p><h3>Measuring temperature rectally using an electronic thermometer:</h3><ul><li>It is much easier to take a baby’s temperature if two people are doing it. </li><li>Lay your baby on their back and bring their knees up over their abdomen. </li><li>Make sure the thermometer is clean. </li><li>Dip the thermometer in some water-soluble jelly. </li><li>Insert the thermometer into your newborn baby’s bottom, about 2.5 cm (1 inch) in. </li><li>Wait for the thermometer to take the reading. This is usually indicated by a beep. Read the temperature carefully and write it down in a notebook. </li><li>Clean the thermometer after use with soap and water. </li><li>The normal range for a temperature taken rectally is 36.6°C to 38.0°C (97.9°F to 100.4°F). </li></ul><h3>Measuring temperature under the armpit:​</h3> <figure><span class="asset-image-title">Armpit temperature</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/IMD_temperature_armpit_EN.jpg" alt="Baby lying on their back with a thermometer held under the armpit" /> <figcaption class="asset-image-caption">An armpit temperature of higher than 37.5°C (99.5°F) means a fever.</figcaption> </figure> <ul><li>Place the bulb of the thermometer in your baby’s armpit, and hold their arm down alongside their body. Make sure the bulb is completely covered in the armpit. </li><li>Wait for the thermometer to take the reading. </li><li>The normal range for a temperature taken under the armpit is 36.5°C to 37.5°C (97.7°F to 99.5°F). </li></ul><p>Oral thermometers are not recommended until about age four. Ear thermometers should not be used in newborn babies and young infants because they tend to give inaccurate readings in the very young. Ear thermometers can be used over age two years. Fever strips, which are placed on the child’s forehead, are also not recommended because they are not accurate. </p><h3>What causes fever?</h3><p>Fever is usually a sign that your newborn baby’s body is fighting an infection. Bacteria and viruses usually thrive at a temperature near our normal body temperature. When we have a fever, our body temperature is elevated, which makes it harder for bacteria and viruses to survive. Fever also activates the immune system and sets the infection-fighting white blood cells into action. Usually, fever is associated with common illnesses such as colds, sore throat, or ear infections, but occasionally it can be a sign of something more serious. </p><p>Sometimes fever is not a response to illness, but rather it is caused by heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat exhaustion is a severe heat illness with symptoms of dehydration, fatigue, weakness, nausea, headache, and rapid breathing. It occurs when people in a hot climate do not drink enough water. Heat stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency where the body becomes so hot that is no longer able to regulate its temperature. </p><h3>Treatment of fever in newborn babies</h3><p>Do not try to use medication to treat a fever by yourself if your newborn baby is less than one month of age. Bring them to the doctor instead. The doctor might recommend that you give your newborn baby <a href="/Article?contentid=62&language=English">acetaminophen</a>, but they will need to specify the exact dosage required. </p><p>In the meantime, you can continue to breastfeed or bottle feed your newborn baby as normal, if they will feed. If they are showing signs of dehydration, you may need to give them an electrolyte solution in between feedings, or replace the feedings with the electrolyte solution. Check with your doctor to make sure. The signs of dehydration include dry mouth, less than six wet diapers per day, tearless and sunken eyes, a sunken fontanelle, and dry skin.</p><p>You can also try giving your newborn baby a sponge bath with lukewarm water. If you let the water evaporate off their skin, it will help to cool them down. Do not add alcohol to the water. </p><p>When a newborn baby develops a fever associated with infection, it can become a great cause for concern. This is because newborn babies can get sick very fast. Luckily, they also respond very quickly to treatment, if the infection is caught in time. This is why it is important to bring your newborn baby to the doctor as soon as possible. If a doctor suspects that a newborn baby has an infection, they may begin antibiotic treatment right away. </p><h3>Treatment of fever in older babies</h3><p>Most fevers are caused by viruses and will get better without treatment. Because of this, many doctors do not recommend reducing a fever in infants over six months of age unless the fever is over 38.5°C (101.3°F). However, if the infant is having aches and pains from the fever, <a href="/Article?contentid=62&language=English">acetaminophen</a> can be used to make them feel more comfortable. </p><p>If a fever is found to be caused by a bacterial infection, the infection should be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics work to destroy the bacteria, and in the process lower the fever. Sometimes antibiotics and <a href="/Article?contentid=62&language=English">acetaminophen​</a> are used simultaneously to treat the fever. Fevers that shoot up past 41.5°C (106.7°F) are rare and should be treated immediately. </p><p>If a fever is due to heat exhaustion or heat stroke, it can be dangerous and requires immediate attention. Heat exhaustion can be treated by bringing the child indoors, loosening their clothing, encouraging them to eat and drink, and giving them a cool bath. Heat stroke is a medical emergency and should be treated immediately by a physician. While waiting for medical help, bring your child indoors, remove their clothing, and sponge them with cool water. </p><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/how_can_you_tell_baby_ill.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/how_can_you_tell_baby_ill.jpgBabies: How can you tell if your baby is ill?False

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