What common illnesses might my baby get? 

A general practitioner discusses what the most common types of illnesses are that your baby might get

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What common illnesses might my baby get?   Martin: Parents often come to see me about common illnesses that their babies can catch.  Babies are really susceptible to colds and it normally lasts about five to seven days.  It normally settles on its own, but if you do need to treat them – paracetamol, ibuprofen can really help.  But you must remember to check the packaging in terms of the dose, ‘cause it can vary between the age of the child and the weight of the child.  The other thing that you can use for blocked noses are saline nose drops.  Another common illness that parents bring their children to see me about is gastroenteritis, or an infection of the bowels.  It may present with the baby becoming tired and feeling just generally unwell.  If this happens you try and rehydrate the child with fluids.  Eczema is a really common condition that I often see in babies as well.  In white babies this occurs on the face and the flexural surfaces – i.e. where the joints bend.  In black and Asian babies this can present anywhere else on the body.  You treat this using simple moisturisers which you apply regularly and often, and this should reduce the problem.  If you think your baby has eczema, please do speak to your GP, health visitor or pharmacist, and they can give you further advice.  Nappy rash is really common as well - this can occur for the first eighteen months after the baby is born.  It presents with red spots on the bottom, possibly with little pimples, or even blisters.  It’s caused by urine irritating the skin.  The way to try and treat this is to try and prevent it from happening in the first place.  Change the nappy as soon as it’s been soiled, the other way to do it as well is to try and keep the nappy off as much as possible.  You can do this by laying your child on a towel and letting air get to the area.  The other way to treat this is to try and apply a thin layer of a barrier cream which you can get from the local chemist, as this will prevent urine from getting to the skin, causing harm.  Obviously, you know your baby best, and if you have any concerns, please do pop in and see your health visitor, pharmacist or general practitioner.

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