Every mother frets when their little one gets sick or comes up with a rash or fever. This is only natural. The mother panics and wants to do what is right for the child. This, too, is only natural. But the early years bring forth a lot of skin woes, fevers, sniffles, coughs, and rashes. There is not anything you can do to avoid them besides washing your hands and doing proper hygiene.
These early year rashes, sniffles, coughs and fevers are short-lived and often mild. The treatment for these younger year woes are very simple but mothers should consult their pediatrician if these woes persist. Most of these infections can be cured with some fever medications, extra fluids (not sodas) and a lot of TLC.
Thrush is a yeast infection in and around the baby’s mouth. Yeast occurs naturally and is usually harmless, but an overgrowth can cause an infection.
Thrush is transmitted by kissing, hugging, nursing and bathing. It is usually spread through bottles and pacifiers.
Thrush symptoms is thick white patches that form on the gums, inner checks, tongue and on the roof of the mouth. Expect feedings to be painful for baby.
The treatment for thrush is an oral anti fungal medication. An anti fungal skin cream can be used for moms who breastfeed. Wash feeding equipment extremely well. If, after washing the bottles and pacifiers, the thrush continues to appear then get rid of the old bottles/pacifiers and get some new ones.
Yeast Diaper Infection
Yeast diaper infection is a rash that is caused by yeast that is found in baby’s system. This kind of rash is a lot harsher than regular diaper rash.
It usually takes place by leaving the baby in wet diapers or soiled diapers. The wetness is a warm place for fungus to grow. It can also travel from the baby’s mouth through the GI (Gastro-Intestinal) tract and then out with the stool.
As mentioned earlier this type of diaper rash is harsher than a regular diaper rash. It looks angrier than that of just a diaper rash. It produces shiny, red pustule- like bumps that cluster in the groin area or in the skin folds. This rash is very tender to the touch, so moms need to expect some extra squirming.
For a mild case of yeast diaper infections is a simple anti fungal cream such as Nystatin. However, a serious case of yeast diaper infections need to be looked at by a pediatrician.
Rosela is a very common, one time, mild viral illness that usually crops up in warm weather months and is caused by a strain of the herpes virus.
Rosela is usually transmitted by saliva, a runny nose, or even a cough.
The symptoms of Rosela are a rather high fever (up to 104 degrees). This high fever is usually coupled with a running nose and a cough that lasts several days. Once the fever breaks a red spotty rash will spread over the chest, arms, face, and neck.
The treatment for Rosela is to keep baby comfortable. Ask a pediatrician about an appropriate dose of fever reducing acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Coxsackle Virus is a viral illness also known as “hand, foot and mouth disease” because the rash that accompanies it shows up on these three places.
This virus is transmitted by saliva and feces. It is most contagious through saliva during the first week.
The symptoms of this virus are a rash that is red, deep, and blister-like. It can be tender and may cause tots to balk at their feedings. Moms can also expect a fever and irritability.
The treatment for this virus is keeping the tot hydrated and offer ibuprofen. The blisters can take up to a week to heal and the fever should ease within a few days.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
RSV is an extremely contagious respiratory infection that can cause bronchitis or pneumonia.
RSV is transmitted by physical contact, from a sneeze or cough. RSV can live or several hours on surfaces.
The symptoms of RSV is a cough, runny nose, ever, lethargy (A state of sluggishness, inactivity, and apathy), fussiness and a decreased appetite. Seek immediate help for a continuous cough, for wheezing, and for rapid breathing.
The treatment for RSV is to start with fluids and a fever medication. A prescription bronchodilation maybe necessary. Severe cases require hospitalization for IV (intravenous therapy) fluids and oxygen.
These infections does not have to cause the mother to go into panic mode every time their baby gets these infections. Follow the treatments and everything will be fine in a couple of days. However, the treatments are just something to soothe the baby and in no way should replace the advice of the pediatrician. The pediatrician needs to be aware of what is going on, so he can be prepared should these infections continue. These treatments should NEVER replace the doctor’s advice or treatments.