9. Vomiting and Diarrhea
Vomiting and diarrhea are common in young babies. Also known as a stomach or tummy bug, the main cause of this problem is gastroenteritis.
Gastroenteritis is an infection of the gut usually caused by a virus or bacteria, which also causes diarrhea.
Other causes include food allergies or milk intolerance, gastroesophageal reflux, swallowing too much milk or liquid because the hole in the bottle teat is too big or accidentally swallowing something poisonous.
It is important to treat vomiting and diarrhea quickly or your baby can become dehydrated, which can be dangerous, particularly in very young infants.
In most cases, you can treat your child’s vomiting and diarrhea safely at home.
- Most importantly, make your baby drink fluids to prevent dehydration. You should carry on breastfeeding or giving them milk feeds. You can also give your baby an oral rehydration solution, but only after consulting your doctor.
- For babies who are a little older, you can feed them plain yogurt or bananas to help treat diarrhea.
- Also, take extra hygiene measures while your child is ill to help stop diarrhea and prevent the infection from spreading.
10. Breathing Problems
Occasional breathing problems in babies are also common.
Breathing difficulty in babies can occur due to the common cold, asthma or respiratory infections like croup, bronchitis and pneumonia.
Common symptoms related to breathing difficulties or the underlying cause include a hoarse voice, rapid breathing, wheezing, mild coughing, a mild fever, and nasal and chest congestion.
- To relieve congestion and make breathing a bit easier, the first thing to do is sit with your baby in your bathroom with steam for 10 minutes. You can turn your bathroom into a steam room by running a hot shower and keeping the door shut.
- To ease breathing, you can also use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
- Also, give your baby plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
Note: Never ignore very sudden breathing difficulties in babies, as it can occur due to serious health issues, such as epiglottitis and choking.