Alerts and alarm signs in babies
Alerts and warning signs in babies
Below, we describe some warning signs in the baby. If any of these occur, we recommend consulting your doctor or pediatrician:
- Change in the normal body temperature range: fever greater than 38°C, alerts about a possible infection, below 36°C alerts about hypothermia.
- Drowsiness: the newborn child who sleeps more than 6 hours and is difficult to wake up.
- Changes in skin color: jaundice, yellow color, cyanosis, bluish or purple color, paleness, whitish color of the skin.
- Decreased urinary volume: a newborn child who does not urinate within a period of 6 to 8 hours is alert to possible dehydration.
- If the baby has discomfort when urinating .
- If more than a week passes without producing bowel movements.
- Excessive crying or irritability of the baby , when the duration of crying is greater than three hours. It can alert you to hunger, pain or situations such as gastroesophageal reflux disease or milk protein allergy, among others.
- Presence of blood in feces or stools: alert about a possible allergy to milk protein, anal fissure, among others.
- Respiratory difficulties: if the child breathes with difficulty or has a different breathing pattern than usual.
- Bulging or sinking of the fontanel
Shaken baby syndrome
It is defined as a serious brain injury that occurs from violently shaking an infant or young child.
Babies have a heavy head that they do not initially support well and weaker neck muscles. When a baby is shaken or thrown forcibly into the air, his fragile brain moves back and forth inside the skull, which can cause bruising, swelling, and bleeding. This usually occurs when a parent or caregiver feels frustration or anger, often because the child won't stop crying.
This syndrome usually does not occur from jumping on a child's knee, from minor falls, or from playing jumping jacks or tug-of-war.