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What Should I Do If My Newborn Is Coughing
Don't panic: Some babies just don't burp. But, first make sure that you are giving them the opportunity to burp. Try different positions with gentle back massage/tapping to encourage the air to "rise up": on your chest while you are in a sitting position, and also lying across your your lap. If your child doesn't burp and is otherwise happy and comfortable, then don't sweat it...The gas will come from below. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Train from the start: Newborns are wired to feed by instinct and drift off when tired (without knowing they are sleeping). Many have success setting a pattern the first days: a two hour nap; wake to feed; body care; followed by play until signs of fatigue begin and place in their comfort place to sleep.At night they wake on their own to feed but limiting day naps to 2 hrs to prevents day/night reversal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Call your doctor: You need to seek medical attention immediately. If your baby is breastfeeding, it's possible that your nipples are cracked and bleeding and your baby may be spitting up maternal blood, but there are other more serious areas of concern. Calling your pediatrician for this is the best advice i can give. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Comfort: If baby is less than three months or unvaccinated or otherwise has poor health, contact the doctor. Otherwise, help your baby feel better with a dose of Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen (over 6 mos), then assess how baby seems to be acting. If acting ill after fever reducing medicine, see the doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Trouble breathing : If your baby is vomiting & has trouble breathing you should take baby to ER ASAP, he probably choked while vomiting, from gastroesophageal reflux or any other causes of vomiting. You can call 911 if you don't have transportation. Please don't feed the baby if still with difficulty breathing, only small sips of pedialyte . Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fever in Babies: Fever is a response of our immune system to something it needs to "fight". A certain ammount of temperature is good for you and will not harm you. As a guide, check the temperature via a reliable thermometer and correlate with the appearance of your child. Children should not appear lethargic or very ill with a low grade temperature. Keep babies cool and hydrated. Consult your doctor ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Call doctor or 911: Seizures in newborn infants are not common, and could signal a serious condition. Signs of seizures in your newborn include lip smacking, eye or lip twitching, eye deviation, and arms and leg rigidity. If any of these happen, call your doctor or 911, since you don't know how long the seizure will last. Causes of newborn seizures include infections, low sugar, and certain genetic conditions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Seek medical care: Contact your pediatrician or call 911.Get a more detailed answer ›
Call 911: A tet spell is life threatening and should be treated emergently. It is similar to a muscle spasm, but results in a severe blockage of flow through the heart. While waiting for help to arrive, placing the child's knees together up against the chest may help blood flow back to the heart and through the area of muscle spasm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Drugs : Yes, you should be concerned. These can impair his judgement especially if driving and can have some very serious consequences including jail time. Hope this helps. ...Read more
What to do if I have a bad cough and flu, my throat is very itchy and What to do if I have greenish phlegm. what can I do?
Cough: It would be a good idea to visit your doctor and get a culture of the greenish phlegm as it appears highly suspicious for an infection. Your doctor may consider prescribing antibiotics as well as other treatments for your other symptoms. ...Read more
Baby breathing: We essentially help the baby breathe, even intubate if we need to and assist with breathing. ...Read more
Be Seen: If one of your infant's eyes is yellow, it is unlikely to be due to a systemic cause like jaundice. Some parents will describe their child's eye as yellow when crusted tears or pus collects in the corner of the eye. The crusting of tears is not generally a problem, but the possibility of infection makes this a condition for which evaluation by a medical professional is recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If a child is < 6 months old, not much, and don't worry. If a child is > 6 months old, make sure the food they're eating is healthy. This means no juices or "junk" food. Also, the earlier a child is introduced to "solid" foods, the more likely he/she is to be overweight. To avoid this, wait until at least 4-6 months old to introduce (soft) cereals and fruits/veggies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Minor stuffy nose is: Not dangerous. Neti pots can reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head ; pour solution into 1 nostril. Blow nose lightly ; spit out any liquid that drains into throat. Repeat on other side. This can be done in the evening before you go to bed ; again in the A.M. ...Read more
Baby sunburn: Use a small child approved moisturizer probably with aloe and nothing to cause allergy or irritate the skin. No alcohol and no retin-a. Just use the moisturizer and keep the skin clean, all should heal fine...If not see a pediatrician. Be sure not to get anymore sunburns as future damage is being done. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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