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My baby has suddenly started eating less than usual. Is this usual, or is there something wrong?

My baby has suddenly started eating less than usual. Is this usual, or is there something wrong?

They could be sick: Problems feeding or significant changes in feeding patterns can be a sign that something is wrong with your infant. Every infant can vary their feeding patterns, so a happy infant, without a fever, who just feeds less during one feed, is not concerning. However, if your infants is feeding much less or if they are very sleepy and hard to arouse, you should call your pediatrician immediately. ...Read more

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Is eczema common in babies?

Is eczema common in babies?

Yes: Eczema is common after the first few months of life. Moderate to severe eczema in children is triggered by a food allergy in greater than 40% of children, although very uncommon to be triggered by a food allergy in adults. ...Read more

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Why is lockjaw common in babies?

Why is lockjaw common in babies?

Cultural practices: In the third world many are unimmunized for their lifetime and moms don't pass any transient resistance to tetanus germs on to their newborns. Unsanitary cutting tools & or the practice of putting cow dung on the cord stump to speed separation are practices that lead to neonatal tetanus.In industrialized societies, a mom that avoids the recomended tetanus booster may leave baby vulnerable. ...Read more

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What are the six most common diseases in babies?

What are the six most common diseases in babies?

Hope this helps: Babies can be broken down into various age groups - we often view those under 2 months old for certain infections for that range vs over 2 months. I found this article with links to other good ones to help you hone down the age group you are interested in. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/commoninfantandnewbornproblems.html ...Read more

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What are the most common sight problems in babies?

What are the most common sight problems in babies?

Misalignment: Babies can have issues (wiring in the brain, refractive errors, paralyses) which misalign the eyes (termed strabismus). This will drop the vision in one eye if not fixed. Less common are cataracts, glaucoma, tumors, maldevelopment, and some inherited problems. If you are the least bit uncertain, have your pediatrician check the eyes and see if a referral to an ophthalmologist is needed. ...Read more

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Is it common for babies to get sick when they are first born?

Is it common for babies to get sick when they are first born?

Define "sick": The average newborn has more immunity/pound than its mother and is designed to last a lifetime. That said, as many as 10% of newborns may have a transient need for close observation and or treatment in the hospital nursery or an NICU.Many of the reasons for these extra needs are not identified until the mother is in labor or the baby runs into some issues in the 1st 24hrs. ...Read more

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What are some common signs of childhood illness in nine to twelve month old babies?

What are some common signs of childhood illness in nine to twelve month old babies?

Irritability: The ill infant may develop excessive crying, irritability, refuse feedings, or change sleep habits. The obvious diarrhea, cough, or rash may be easy for you to handle at home or with a call to the nurse. ...Read more

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What are some common signs of childhood illness in twelve to fifteen month old babies?

What are some common signs of childhood illness in twelve to fifteen month old babies?

Irritability: The ill infant may develop excessive crying, irritability, refuse feedings, or change sleep habits. The obvious diarrhea, cough, or rash may be easy for you to handle at home or with a call to the nurse. ...Read more

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How common is it for an infant to be allergic to polyester?

How common is it for an infant to be allergic to polyester?

Rare: It probably isn't a true allergy, more likely to be an irritant reaction. ...Read more

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