Babies sometimes have certain symptoms, such as a runny nose, that can often freak their parents out. Every little sneeze and sniffle can send parents rushing to the phone to call their child’s pediatrician. But sometimes these symptoms happen and they aren’t actually all the serious.
Other times baby may have certain symptoms that parents ignore when they should really be calling their child’s doctor or heading toward the hospital. With babies, it can sometimes be hard to tell what’s really going on since babies aren’t able to speak to tell us what’s wrong. Continue reading to see 5 baby symptoms parents should worry about, and 5 that are completely normal.
10 Should Worry: Has A Fever
If your baby develops a rectal temperature of more than 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C), you should call your child’s pediatrician for further instructions immediately. If you cannot get ahold of anyone, your best bet would be to take your child to the hospital. Sometimes it is better to be safe than sorry.
According to Healthline.com, babies are generally trying to fight some kind of infection or virus when they develop fevers. However, if your baby’s fever is under 100.4 degrees F, you really don’t need to worry unless it crosses that temperature.
9 Shouldn’t Worry: Baby Starts Sneezing A Lot
Sneezing in young babies is actually very common and a good thing. It is nothing to worry yourself over unless your baby also develops a fever with it. The kind of fever we are talking about should be over 100.4 degrees F.
Sneezing can be a way for your baby to clear their “nasal and respiratory passages and [any kind] of congestion and airborne particles,” according to Parents.com. If you think about it, adults generally sneeze spontaneously as well and we are usually completely okay most of the time!
8 Should Worry: Is Having Breathing Problems
If you notice that your little one is struggling to breathe, or they have labored breathing you should call your child’s pediatrician on the way to the hospital. You should check your child’s airway and listen for breath sounds if you are questioning whether your child is breathing or not.
No matter what the breathing issues are, you should take your child to the hospital to be on the safe side. If you notice that your baby is starting to turn blue around the lips, fingernails, or around their mouth, according to Mirror.co.uk.
7 Shouldn’t Worry: Baby Has A Weird Shaped Birthmark
There is nothing to worry about when it comes to birthmarks. They are entirely normal and safe. There is even a birthmark known as a “stork bite” or “angel kiss.” According to Webmd.com, it is a pink or area on the baby’s “forehead, eyelids, bridge of the nose, or back of the neck.”
There is actually no known cause for any birthmarks. Some of them fade away within a few years and isn’t permanent; such as the “stork bite” So, don’t worry if your baby’s birthmark is on their forehead. There is a good chance that it will disappear.
6 Should Worry: Swelling In the Face (Especially After Ingesting Something)
Any time your little starts to swell in the face consider it an emergency and take your child to the hospital and then call their pediatrician. This is especially true if your child has ingested something that has nuts, fish, or even eggs in it for example.
Swelling of the face, difficulty breathing, perhaps even a rash can be a sign that your child is having an allergic reaction it something that they ate. In some cases, it could even be caused by a bee sting.
5 Shouldn’t Worry: Projectile Vomiting After Eating
Most of us are already aware of the fact that many babies spit up after the drink milk or formula. It could be caused by multiple things such as GERD (gastrointestinal reflux disease) or too many air bubbles got into their tummy. Even when your baby is projectile vomiting across the room after eating, that is okay too.
There really is nothing to worry about unless you see blood in the spit up, or if your baby also has diarrhea. If your baby is throwing up and has the runs at the same time, you want to call your child’s pediatrician and take your baby to the hospital. This is because the two illnesses combined can cause dehydration in just about anyone.
4 Should Worry: Baby Suddenly Stops Producing Tears
If your baby is old enough to produce tears and you start to notice a decrease or total absence of tears, you should highly consider taking your child to the hospital because a lack of tears usually indicates that the baby is severely dehydrated, according to Parents.com.
You should also contact your baby’s pediatrician as well so that you can figure out why your little one is getting dehydrated. That is why it is absolutely important to pay attention to your little one so that you can take notice when something is different or doesn’t seem right with your child.
3 Shouldn’t Worry: Baby’s Nose Is Running
As a parent, it can be alarming to see that your baby is coming down with something. It might be hard not to run to the pediatrician the moment that your little one comes down with their first little sniffle but fear not because a runny nose is totally normal and usually never anything to worry about.
A runny nose could be from just about anything, like the common cold or even just from crying. Typically if a baby has a stuffed up nose their pediatrician would recommend sitting in the bathroom with them while the shower runs hot, so that the steam can clear their nose.
2 Should Worry: Shaking
Shaking can sometimes appear harmless as long as the baby isn’t jerking to one side and it doesn’t last longer than a few seconds. However, you should worry if your baby keeps jerking around and you notice it’s on the side, according to Parent24.com.
Typically, if your baby just has a quivering lip or shakey hands, they are probably just cold. With that being said though, it is always best to call their pediatrician just to be safe if there is ever anything that you are unsure of or worried about.
1 Shouldn’t Worry: Newborn Has Black Tar-Like Duty
Changing dirty diapers is probably one of the least exciting parts of being a new parent, let’s be honest, no one enjoys cleaning up poop. Another not so fun part of parenting that no one really prepares you for or warns you about is babies first poop.
Baby’s first poop usually takes place in the hospital before you even come home, but don’t be alarmed when you open up that first diaper to meet with the sight of something resembling tar, black, thick, and sticky. This is completely normal and the baby will start having normal bowel movements after this one.