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Baby Health: Common Concerns

Easy to follow advice on what common baby symptoms might mean: coughs, vomiting, diarrhoea, a runny nose, rashes


Posted: 22 June 2010
by ThinkBaby

When to call the doctor

With any baby health worry, contact your GP or call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 if your baby:
  • Has temperature of 38°C of higher
  • Has forceful, repeated vomiting that continues for more than 24 hours
  • Is particularly lethargic or irritable
  • Has diarrhoea for more than 24 hours
  • Has a swollen abdomen
  • Shows signs of dehydration – dry mouth, dark yellow urine, dry nappy for six to eight hours
  • Has blood in her poo or in vomit
  • Has convulsions
  • Refuses feeds for more than six to eight hours
  • Shows signs of jaundice (yellow whites of eyes and a yellowish, tanned look to the skin)

You'll find all kinds of useful and reassuring advice in the Health and Safety Section of our Baby pages, but here is an at-a-glance guide to what the problem might be if you baby is suffering one of five most common health worries…

Coughs From a minor irritation to bronchiolitis

Vomiting From post-feeding posseting to more serious illnesses

Diarrhoea From tummy upsets to infections

Runny noses From sinus development to flu

Rashes From sore skin to meningitis

Also, don't forget our articles:

All About Baby Temperatures

and

Medicines for Babies.


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