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Common baby ailments and how to deal with them

common baby ailments and how to deal with them

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Whether it’s your first baby or you already have older children, when they become ill it can be distressing for everyone. With babies it’s hard to understand what’s wrong or know how to help. There are some common aliments that babies will suffer from and here we look at ways in which you can deal with them.


This is an extremely frequent issue for babies and young children. All babies are different and the amount of times they’ll need to go varies. However, if they don’t have a bowel movement for a few days, there’s a change in their routine or they become distressed when trying to go, it could be a sign they are constipated. Try and encourage them to move if they’re crawling or walking, or move their legs for them, to help stimulate their bowel. You can also gently massage their stomach. Try switching to a different formula brand, or for weaned babies add some prune juice, pears or apricots to their diet. If the issue continues or gets worse, speak to your GP.


This can be combined with sickness caused by a viral or bacterial infection, as well as food allergies and intolerances. It’s extremely important with babies and young children suffering from diarrhea that you keep up their liquid intake to prevent them from becoming dehydrated. If they can keep food down, let them eat as normally as possible. You should change their nappy regularly and use a cream to relieve any redness.


Periods of sickness can be upsetting for both you and your child. It seems like a large amount can come out of a very small person. The sickness might be related to an illness or due to something they’ve eaten. You need to maintain their fluids to stop them becoming dehydrated. If needed, you can get rehydration solutions from your pharmacist, which should be given in small amounts when they can keep it down. Once they’re ready to eat, you can start to build up their diet again.


common baby ailments and how to deal with themAll children will get a cold and some can catch up to 10 a year. They are constantly mixing with people and have a tendency to put items or fingers into their mouths, quickly spreading germs. The important point with colds is to keep children hydrated and make sure they get enough rest. Most will be happy to carry on playing, but you can give children’s paracetamol or ibuprofen, according to the dosage instructions, if they have a fever. Petroleum jelly on the outside of their nose can prevent it becoming sore when wiping and a warm bath or steamy room can help to relieve congestion symptoms.

Nappy rash

When this first happens, parents often think that they’re to blame for not changing their child’s nappy often enough. However, this isn’t always the case and some babies are just more susceptible to it. If they develop a rash, wash the area at each change and don’t use fragranced wipes. Pat the area dry and use a barrier protection, such as petroleum jelly. When putting their nappy on, don’t fasten it too tight, in order to allow air to circulate.

Ear infection

This is another common condition in the under 3s. It can be present by itself or along with a fever or sickness. If you suspect your child has an ear infection, you should see your GP as they may require antibiotics. They might also prescribe children’s paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve any pain or discomfort.






About Catherine Stern

About Catherine Stern

Catherine Stern is a freelance writer with a background in marketing and PR. She currently writes web content on a range of subjects, from finance and business to travel and home improvements. As a working single mum of two young boys she understands the pressures that today’s working parents face and the topics they want to read about.

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