Can Constipation Cause a Fever?
Constipation can cause a fever in babies. If your baby is having any kind of symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea, it could be due to constipation. Some doctors believe that constipation causes fever because when the bowels are not moving well, there may be some blockage in the intestines which leads to high body temperature. When the body’s temperature rises too much, it becomes dangerous for the baby to survive.
Some parents think that their child is just tired from the day. They do not realize that their baby is actually suffering from constipation causing fever. Parents should check if they have been giving their baby laxatives regularly and make sure that they are using them properly.
Also, if you suspect that your baby is suffering from constipation causing fever, then you need to see a doctor immediately so that they can prescribe medicine to cure the problem.
What Causes Constipation Causing Fever?
There are several reasons why constipation can cause a fever. One reason is the fact that constipation is one of the main causes of diarrhea. Another factor is dehydration. A third factor is malnutrition. Other factors include poor diet, stress, lack of sleep and other medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, asthma and many others. Many times these problems are caused by overuse of laxatives or medicines prescribed by doctors.
How to Treat Your Baby’s Constipation?
When a baby suffers from constipation they will usually strain or grunt when they are trying to have a bowel movement. This sometimes can be confused with crying. Other symptoms of constipation includes the baby’s belly getting hard. To help with diarrhea, you should give your baby an electrolyte solution to drink and frequent, small feedings of the bland diet. Most babies get diarrhea from eating food that does not agree with them. If your child is old enough, you can give him plain toast, crackers or cereals.
If your baby is having a hard time having a bowel movement, you should massage their belly in a circular motion to help them go. You can also put warm water in the bath and have the baby sit in it. Do not use soap as it can cause irritation.
If these techniques do not work, you should consult your doctor immediately.
How to Prevent Your Baby from Getting Constipation?
In order to prevent your baby from getting constipated in the first place, you should make sure that they are eating the right kind of foods. Some good examples include vegetables such as pumpkin and green beans. You can also give your baby prunes. It is best to feed your baby when he is hungry rather than on a schedule. If you are breastfeeding then it is important to drink plenty of fluids.
It is always best to consult a doctor before giving any medication to a child, even if it is over-the-counter laxatives or stool softeners. If these do not work, your doctor may recommend a glycerin suppository or enema. These can be given safely at home.
Your doctor may also recommend Miralax or another type of osmotic laxative.
If you notice that your baby has not passed any stools or has brown gritty ones then it is time to see your doctor immediately. Never hesitate to seek medical attention if you feel that your baby is not acting like themselves or if anything seems abnormal. If your baby is suffering from fever, vomiting or diarrhea, then it is very important that you seek medical attention right away.
Do not use any type of laxative or enema without your doctor’s advice. Also, do not give your baby any kind of over-the-counter medication unless it has been recommended by a medical professional. Always follow the instructions on the label.
How to Deal with a Fussy or Colicky Baby?
Babies often get constipated when they are colicky. Colic basically means that the baby is crying for a long period of time without explanation. The baby may also have stomach aches, be gassy and have explosive stools. The crying can last from a few minutes to several hours. No matter what you do, you cannot calm the baby. Most of the time, the colic attacks will gradually get better as the baby gets older and is no longer confined to your arms or a swing.
Some babies suffer from colic for more than six months; however, there are several things you can try at home in order to help your baby to relax and stop crying. One of the best ways to calm a crying baby is to hold them close to you and walk around. You can also try putting them in a bouncy chair, swing or your arms while you go for a drive.
If you do not drive, take the bus or get an adult to drive you and the baby around. Do not try to put your baby in the carseat; they could get too confined and start crying even more.
Some babies like white noise such as the sound of a fan or radio. Try out different sounds to see what your baby likes. Also, swaddling the baby tightly is a good way to calm them down.
It makes them feel secure and reminds them of being in the womb.
When all else fails, give the baby a little taste of honey. A small amount will help to relieve their upset stomach and calm them down. It is important not to overuse this trick.
After the honey, give the baby a little bit of water but do not over hydrate them.
How to Bowel Train a Baby
Babies can begin to show signs of readiness to toilet train between the ages of 18 months to three years. It is important that you watch your baby’s behavior to see if they are ready and willing to learn how to use the potty. By 18 months most babies will have a regular time when they go poop.
It is usually after a meal, so keep a close eye on your baby.
Around this time, you can start to show the baby how to use the potty. Take them to the bathroom with you when you go and talk to them about what you are doing. Try to make toilet time fun.
Never punish or shame them if they have an accident. This could make them afraid to toilet train and if they are afraid to toilet train, then they will not be successful.
Once your baby starts to get used to the potty, you can begin teaching them how and when to use it. Praise them when they do well; however, never punish them if they have an accident. This could cause fear of the potty and they may become unwilling to try again.
How to Help a Newborn with Colic
Having a baby with colic is very frustrating. They cry for long periods of time, do not respond to rocking or walking and seem to be in pain but doctors cannot find anything wrong with them. It is a very difficult time for parents who feel helpless.
First, make sure that you are caring for the baby properly. If their diaper needs to be changed or they are hungry, take care of the problem as soon as possible. If you are breastfeeding, try switching to bottled milk and then eventually to a soy based formula.
Also, try burping the baby more and changing their position.
If all of this fails, talk to your doctor and see if there are any medicines that can help. Your doctor may also refer you to a specialist or tell you that the baby just has colic and there is nothing that can be done.
How to Take Care of a Newborn’s Umbilical Cord
Most medical professionals will cut off your baby’s umbilical cord within a few minutes after birth. If you choose to cut it yourself, you should wait at least 3 minutes after birth. This gives the umbilical cord a chance to stop pumping blood.
Clean your hands and the scissors with rubbing alcohol. Stand at the head of the baby and make sure the cord is long enough for you to reach. Grasp it right below the baby’s belly button.
Using a swift, even motion, cut *below* the belly button. The belly button is more sensitive so this helps prevent it from getting irritated.
How to Take Care of a Baby’s Umbilical Cord
The umbilical cord should fall off within a few weeks. If it does not, you can gently peel it off when you are cleaning the area. The area will heal quickly.
When changing diapers, be sure to wipe from front to back to avoid infection. If the navel looks red or irritated, apply some diaper rash cream. If this does not help, call your pediatrician.
How to Hold a Newborn
Holding a newborn for the first time can be a little scary. They are so small and fragile looking. However, if you want to help bond with your baby, holding them is one of the best things you can do.
Always support the head and make sure that you are sitting up very straight. Their heads are very heavy in comparison to their bodies so if you start to fall asleep, they may slump forward and hurt themselves.
How to Hold a Newborn for a Long Time
If you are going to be holding a newborn for a long time, it is best if someone else holds your baby. If this is not possible, you can buy an infant support pillow. These are specially designed to make it easier for one person to hold a baby.
They also double as a place for the baby to sleep if they do not like to be held or if you get tired.
If you do not have one of these pillows, make sure that you are sitting up very straight and use various positions to hold the baby. For example, if you are cradling the baby in your arms, put your arm under their back and sort of lift them up into the air a little bit. This takes some of the pressure off of your shoulder.
How to Hold a Newborn While Nursing
It is very important to keep a newborn baby warm and close to you when they are nursing. This is the time where your baby will be getting most of their nourishment and the comfort that they need.
If you are going to be nursing, you can use an over the shoulder hold. This will allow you to keep the baby upright without having to use a pillow. This is a good position because it helps the baby to latch on and nurse better.
This also frees up your hands so that you can do something else like type on a keyboard or change a diaper.
If you are planning to nurse in public, you may want to use a cover to help keep you and the baby more private. Using a cover is also helpful if other people might not know that you are feeding your baby because they may not notice that your baby is eating.
A cover can be anything from a simple blanket to a purpose-built baby feeding cover.
How to Hold a Newborn in an Emergency
You should always know the best way to hold your baby if there is an emergency. Carrying your child under your arm may save their life in some situations but it can also be dangerous. If you need to carry your baby in this position, make sure that their head is supported and that they do not get squashed beneath you.
You can also place the baby on your forearm with their back straight up and down. This position will let you carry them away from danger quickly, but you will not be able to carry them for too long.
How to Hold a Newborn in an Emergency With One Hand
In some emergencies, you may only have one free arm if, for example, you are trying to drag someone to safety. In this case, you can use the “y” carry.
This position will still allow you to move quickly but not for too long. However, it can be very tiring carrying your baby like this for any length of time.
If You Drop Your Newborn
If you do happen to drop your newborn by accident, do not panic. It happens and it could have happened to anyone. If you have hurt the baby, they may begin screaming their head off.
This does not always mean that they are severely injured.
You should always keep a close eye on your baby and be aware of what is going on around them. Just keep calm and watch them to see if there are any other signs of distress.
What to Do If Your Newborn Baby Goes Blue or Pale
Sometimes, babies turn a blueish color or even a pale color. This is called cyanosis and it can be quite frightening for parents that are not sure what is going on. Cyanosis happens when the heart or lungs are not working properly or when there is not enough oxygen getting to the blood stream.
It is completely harmless most of the time and is often nothing to worry about.
If your newborn does turn a bit blue around the lips or fingers you should try to resusitate them. If you are unsure of what to do, follow these steps:
Lay the baby on a firm surface like a table. This will make it easier for you to perform chest compressions.
You can either place 2 fingers on the baby’s chest directly above the nipples or you can use 2 knuckles. If you are using your knuckles, make sure that your fingers are straight and that your hand is not bent.
Push down at a rate of around 100 pushes per minute.
Give the baby 2 rescue breaths. Pinch the baby’s nose closed and cover their mouth with yours. Take a deep breath in and then breathe into the baby’s mouth.
After each breath, release the pressure on the chest for a few seconds before starting again.
Continue this until the paramedics arrive.
What to Do If Your Newborn Baby is Choking
Newborn babies can choke on anything, even on food that appears to be extremely soft and easy to swallow. If you think that the baby is choking, follow these steps:
Lay the baby on his or her back on a firm surface.
Give up to 5 sharp slaps directly between their shoulder blades.
If they are still choking, tip their head back, pinch their nose closed and sweep across the tongue from one side to the other. Do this 2 or 3 times.
Then give the baby up to 5 more sharp slaps directly between the shoulder blades.
If the airway remains blocked and the baby is not coughing or breathing, it is considered a life-threatening emergency that needs medical attention immediately.
Newborn Care After the First Year
Parents often think that once a child has reached their first birthday that they no longer need the same amount of attention that babies do. However, this is not true at all. While a parent may be able to allow the child to play on their own and not worry quite as much, there are still many things that need to be done.
By the time a child turns one year old, they should have their first check-up with a pediatrician. During this appointment, the doctor will be able to tell if any immunizations are needed as well as answer any questions that you may have for them.
The amount of attention that your child needs will be determined by several factors such as if they are walking or talking. If they are still not walking or talking by the time they reach their first birthday, a pediatrician should be contacted as soon as possible.
Newborn Care Conclusion
While newborn care may seem like a lot of work, it really isn’t. All you need to do is pay attention to what you are doing and you will be fine. Just remember to burp them every couple of hours, change their diapers regularly and feed them when they get hungry.
With just those things, you should have a happy and healthy baby.
If you have any questions at all about your baby, ask your physician. They are there to help you so it would be best to get any information that you may need as soon as possible.
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