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The large majority of children go through infancy in good health. Most of them will have occasional minor health problems, but very few infants develop serious illnesses.
However despite all your care, your baby will sometimes become ill. You will want to find a way to make her feel better.
This chapter discusses common health problems among children age 2 years and under. So it provides very little information on rarer illnesses or those that affect only a handful of babies.
It does however give you
- Tips on preventing some common problems
- Assistance recognizing signs that help you decide if and when to call a health professional
- Advice on how to care for your baby
Although this chapter describes the main signs and symptoms of certain illnesses, it is not intended to be used by parents to diagnose their baby’s health problems themselves.
In some situations, you’ll need a health professional’s help to identify your child’s problem. Don’t hesitate to consult one.
- A well-stocked medicine cabinet
- Newborn jaundice
- Thrush in the mouth
- Pimples, redness, and other skin problems
- Eye problems
- Common childhood infections
- Fever and skin rashes (contagious diseases)
- Colds and flu
- Stuffed-up or runny nose
- Sore throat
- Ear infection
- Diarrhea and vomiting (stomach flu or “gastro”)