Common health problems

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The large majority of children go through infancy in good health. 

However despite all your care, your child 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. It is not intended to provide information on rarer illnesses or those that affect only a handful of babies.

It gives you

  • Tips on preventing some common health problems
  • Assistance recognizing signs that help you decide if and when to call a health professional
  • Advice on how to care for your baby

In some situations, you’ll need a health professional’s help to identify your child’s problem. Don’t hesitate to consult one (see Consulting health professionals).