Rashes on babies: From nappy rashes to Mongolian spots

New-borns have an extremely sensitive skin that often breaks into a rash at the slightest opportunity. Nappy rashes: Nappy rashes are one of the most common ailments, are characterised by an inflammation in the diaper area. Causes of nappy rashes Water, urine and/or faeces retained inside the diaper. Earlier it was thought that these rashes… [ Continue Reading ]

Fever in newborn babies

Fever in a newborn could be caused by: Exposure to extreme temperatures. Excessive clothing. Dehydration, especially if the child has not been fed for long. Infection. High fever upto 102 degrees Fahrenheit in a newborn could be dangerous and needs immediate management. Even before you see your paediatrician. Take off your baby’s clothes and sponge… [ Continue Reading ]

Symptoms of Fits in newborn babies

In newborns, a sudden twitching of the eyes or lips, flickering of the fingers, repeated yawning, rapid eye blinking or sudden stiffening of the body are referred to as fits. These symptoms could be caused by either decreased levels of glucose or calcium in the blood, brain damage during a difficult delivery (especially if the… [ Continue Reading ]

Constipation in children

Constipation refers to passage of small, hard, dry stools and should not be confused with infrequency of bowel movements. Causes of constipation in new born babies and infants: Breast-fed babies are rarely constipated. However, bowel habits could be quite infrequent with a baby passing stool only once in a few days. Do not get worried so… [ Continue Reading ]

Stomach Ache in children

When your child says she has a stomach ache, she could be suffering from a variety of disorders like gastroenteritis, measles, colic and urinary tract infections. Sometimes, it need not be a stomach disorder per se. It could be any other infection that has begun affecting other parts of her body. She might even complain… [ Continue Reading ]

Diarrhoea in children: Causes & Management

Diarrhoea can be defined by one symptom — loose stool being passed at a frequency of more than three times a day. One of the most common ailments, it afflicts children about 10 to 15 times in the first five years of life. But, sometimes you could be mistaken by diarrhoea-like symptoms. If your child… [ Continue Reading ]

Appendicitis in children

The most common ailment requiring emergency abdominal operation in childhood, appendicitis is caused by the inflammation of the appendix. The appendix is a small blind-ended tube attached to the large intestine. Its inflammation happens gradually, like the formation of a boil. The inflamed appendix could burst, spreading the infection all over the abdomen. If this… [ Continue Reading ]

Thrush in babies: white or creamy yellow patches on the cheeks

One of the most common mouth infections, thrush appears as white or creamy yellow patches on the inner cheeks, tongue or the roof of the mouth. It makes the baby’s mouth sore and feeding becomes painful. If you notice thrush in your child’s mouth, contact a doctor immediately. Causes It is caused by a yeast… [ Continue Reading ]

Measles in children: Symptoms & Management

A disease, which has no formal treatment as such other than prevention through immunization, measles is most commonly seen in pre-school children, specially in the winter and spring ones. It initially appears like a bad cold that is getting worse. Contact the doctor if your child has a cough, a fever along with a rash…. [ Continue Reading ]