– Common Conditions in Newborns –

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Crying Colic Diapers Clothing Formula Feeding Nutrition Preemie Sleep Teething Tooth Gradeschool In This Section Children Listen Espa ol Text Size Page Content Article BodySome physical conditions are especially common during first couple of weeks after birth If you notice any following your baby contact pediatrician Abdominal Distension Most babies bellies normally stick out large feeding Between feedings however they should feel quite soft child s abdomen feels swollen hard if he has not had bowel movement for than one or two days is vomiting call likely problem due gas constipation but it also could signal serious intestinal Birth Injuries It possible injured labor particularly long difficult when very While newborns recover quickly some these injuries others persist longer term Quite often injury broken collarbone which will heal arm that side kept relatively motionless Incidentally few small lump form at fracture don t alarmed positive sign new bone forming mend Muscle weakness another caused by pressure stretching nerves attached muscles These usually weakened face shoulder generally return normal several meantime ask show how nurse hold promote healing Blue Babies have mildly blue hands feet cause concern their turn bit cold pink as soon warm Occasionally tongue lips little newborn crying once becomes calm his color parts body However persistently skin coloring with breathing difficulties heart lungs operating properly getting enough oxygen blood Immediate medical attention essential Coughing drinks fast tries drink water time cough sputter type coughing stop adjusts familiar routine related strong breastfeeding mom milk comes down coughs routinely gags consult symptoms indicate an underlying digestive tract Excessive All cry no apparent reason ve made sure fed burped dressed clean diaper best tactic probably him talk sing until stops cannot spoil age giving too much doesn work wrap snugly blanket ll become accustomed pattern ever sounds peculiar example like shrieks pain persists unusual length mean Call advice Forceps Marks When forceps used help delivery can leave red marks even superficial scrapes head where metal pressed against disappear within Sometimes firm flat develops areas because minor damage tissue under go away months Jaundice Many healthy yellowish tinge known jaundice buildup chemical called bilirubin occurs most immature liver yet begun efficiently do its job removing bloodstream formed breakdown cells mild case harmless condition reaches what considers high level Although treatable treated effectively lead nervous system brain cases why must checked appropriately tends who those nursing well mothers least eight twelve times per day produce keep levels low appears then chest finally arms legs instances whites eyes yellow examine she suspects present based only amount other factors order test definitively diagnose before twenty-four hours old always needed make accurate diagnosis At three five doctor since highest infant discharged seventy-two seen discharge Some need sooner including Those leaving hospital born early date whose considerable bruising bleeding scalp associated parent sibling underwent treatment determines needs reduced placing special lights undressed either home His covered protect them light therapy kind prevent harmful effects infants breastfed last formula-fed Lethargy Sleepiness Every spends sleeping As wakes up every eats seems alert part perfectly sleep rest But rarely does wake own tired uninterested eat lethargy sudden change usual symptom illness Respiratory Distress take further manner blockage nasal passages use saline drops followed bulb syringe fix both available over counter all pharmacies shows warning signs notify immediately Fast sixty breaths minute although mind breathe rapidly adults Retractions sucking between ribs each breath so her Flaring nose Grunting while Persistent Last Updated Source Caring Child Age Copyright American Academy Pediatrics information 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