It’s amazing, isn’t it? That overwhelming feeling of becoming a mother, maybe for the first time or maybe for the third, but it still feels the same every time….
Today we have Heidi Young, Founder & CEO at The Nest, Kids CPR & Allergy chatting with us. She’s going to put your mind at rest with some practical tips and advice when it comes to keeping your new bundle safe and sound, right through to school and beyond, and what to expect, because they can be full of surprises!
The snuffles and sneezes
Newborn babies are often quite snuffly and sneezy in the first few weeks, but the sneezing is just their way of clearing all the mucus, fluff and sometimes milk that is accumulating.
This is absolutely nothing to worry about, unless they are showing other signs of it being a cold like a persistent cough or a runny nose.
Your newborn’s breathing may be very irregular at the beginning. they can breathe rapidly and then stop for a few seconds or they may breathe very shallow.
All of this is quite normal for a newborn. Even as a seasoned children’s nurse of 17 years, counting a newborn babies respirations is always a challenge!
When your child develops a fever, which is when their temperature rises above 38 degrees, it is a normal response to infection, because the newborn babies body is already a clever little machine.
Many virus & bacteria struggle to breed at a high temperature, so our bodies turn up the heat to kill off the infection.
So lowering your child’s fever can actually prolong an illness, however if your child is uncomfortable or has some pain, they may benefit from some pain relief.
If your child is under 3 months old and has a fever above 38 degrees, they must be seen by a doctor immediately, as a small baby can deteriorate rapidly, they don’t have many reserves and they also can’t tell us what is wrong. The source of the fever needs to be identified as soon as possible.
Very young babies can develop all sorts of blotches and rashes on their delicate new skin, so it’s important to recognise what is normal and what is not.
The little milk rash they get on their nose, often looks like tiny little white heads, and sometimes they can get dry flaky skin, just from being exposed to the outside world after being tucked up in your belly for 9 months!
If your baby is out of sorts at all, and develops a red rash, there is a quick test you can do to figure out if your child needs urgent medical attention or just a trip to the GP.
The following advice is the same for newborn and older children.
Get a clear glass, and press it on the skin over the rash, if the rash disappears under the glass, then it is probably nothing to worry about, but if it does not disappear under the pressed glass, then you need to get your child seen by a doctor immediately.
Inhalation of a foreign body
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What’s a febrile convulsion and why does it affect 1 in 30?
A febrile convulsion is a fit or seizure caused by a sudden change in your child’s body temperature, and is usually associated with a fever.
one child in 30 will have a febrile convulsion as a result of fever.
Febrile convulsions most commonly happen between the ages of six months and six years.
Giving paracetamol or ibuprofen will not stop your child having a febrile convulsion, studies have shown that there has been no decrease in the rate of recurrent febrile seizures after giving paracetamol or Ibuprofen.
Signs and symptoms of febrile convulsions
During a febrile convulsion:
- your child will usually lose consciousness
- their muscles may stiffen or jerk
- your child may go red or blue in the face.
The convulsion may last for several minutes. When the movements stop, your child will regain consciousness, but they will probably remain sleepy or irritated afterwards.
Usually, a febrile convulsion happens if your child’s temperature goes up suddenly. Sometimes, a convulsion occurs before parents actually realise their child has a fever.
Be sure to head across to THE NEST – KIDS CPR & ALLERGY for more details and their free downloadable first aid book.