Newborn and Baby

Common Concerns in a Newborn Baby

Written by
Dr. Sirisha
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Jul 14, 2014 and last reviewed on Nov 13, 2018   -  1 min read

Abstract

Abstract

This article discusses the conditions in a newly born baby, which a mother and family need to know about, as they cause much anxiety and unknown fear and also frequent unnecessary doctor visits.

Common Concerns in a Newborn Baby

Breathing Problems

Sounds near the chest while breathing without any breathing difficulty and noisy breathing are normal in a newborn. These conditions do not require any treatment. Nasal drops are sufficient in most cases.

Conditions that require attention are:

  • Fast breathing.
  • Change of color of lips, palms, and soles to blue or black.
  • Cessation of breath during feeds.
  • Sweating during feeds.

Normal Skin Changes

Skin changes observed in a newborn include:

  • Red colored rash over entire body with white top usually starting on the second or third day of life.
  • Tiny whitish lesions over the nose and hard palate.
  • Whitish yellow lesions over the forehead and scalp.

Eyes

Bright red spots in the white of the eye soon after birth and mild redness over the eyelids is common in a newborn.

Cry

The cry can be due to many reasons

  • Hunger cry, which is the most common.
  • Wet or soiled nappy.
  • Sometimes before passing urine (sensation of discomfort).
  • Boredom.

A common cause of cry which requires medication is a colicky abdominal pain, usually in the evenings.

Presence of excessive cry, which does not subside with feeding or consoling requires the use of anti-colic drops.

Beware of irritable cry, which might be a sign of:

  • Infection.
  • Insect bites, which might not be apparent. Search for any rash/bite mark.
  • Nappy rash, which causes pain while passing stools/urinating.

Hiccups

Hiccups and sneezing are quite common. Hiccups usually occur due to swallowing air during feeds. Feeding can reduce hiccups.

Discharge

Some white or red discharge from the vagina in girl babies.

Last reviewed at:
13 Nov 2018  -  1 min read

RATING

15

Tags:

Related Questions & Answers


What happens to the dust that enters the eye? Will it affect the eyesight in the future?

Query: Hi, What happens to the dust that enters the eye? Does it go into the eyeballs? Will it affect the eyesight in the future?  Read Full »


Dr. K K Agrawal
Eye Care Ophthalmologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com.   Usually when dust enters the eye, it does not "enter the eye" per se. It actually lodges onto the eye surface and causes irritation. Thus leading to pain, redness of eyes, and secretion of tears. There might be a slight disturbance in the vis...  Read Full »

I have severe sneezing and running nose. Please help me out of this.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23 year old male, suffering from allergy for past 6 years. I am facing this problem more in winter. Early morning, I will get 10 sneezes continuously. If I take cold foods, I will have running nose throughout the day and severe sneezing. Also I have itching and watering of eyes. C...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N
ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. My diagnosis of your condition based on the information you have provided is allergic rhinitis. However, to confirm the same I want you to do two investigations namely serum IgE and absolute eosinophil count. Both are blood investigations. Allergy is not curable, how...  Read Full »

All about Cervical Cancer

Article Overview: This article discusses in detail about cervical cancer, one of the most common illnesses in women these days. Read Article


Dr. Noela David Andrew David
Medical Oncologist

Every year, many women above the age of 40 are being diagnosed and treated for cervical cancer. If detected early, this disease can be treated. Every woman needs to be consciously aware of this condition, and timely screening helps identify this illness earlier. Thus, your doctor will be able to giv...  Read Article

Popular Articles Most Popular Articles

Do you have a question on Redness In Eyes or Sneezing?

Ask a Doctor Online

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.
Enter Your Health Query
You can upload files and images in the next step.

Fee:  

 


Disclaimer: All health articles published on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek the advice from your physician or other qualified health-care providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website.