Most Common Conditions in Newborns

 Jose Lee  August 11, 2017

Newborns

At the time of this writing , my newborn baby is hitting her one month milestone and similarly my parental leave is coming to an end. No doubt that I will miss her when I am at work.

On the other hand, not only newborns baby care but also common conditions that I have learnt in my one month parental leave.

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4 Most Common Conditions in Newborns

New parents have constant worry over conditions and in fact I am one of them. My wife got worried over our little one’s conditions which some are common in newborn baby. Of course, I managed to calm my wife down by showing her pictures and comments that I have searched on the internet.

Jaundice

Cause:  An excess of bilirubin found in baby’s blood. Bilirubin is a yellow-coloured pigment of red blood cells. At the same time, baby’s liver isn’t mature enough to get rid of it in the bloodstream. This is particularly common in premature (before 38 weeks) and some breast-fed babies.

Symptoms: Yellow skin and eyes in newborn baby.

Treatment: If the baby’s bilirubin level is high, it is advisable to admit baby to the hospital for phototherapy. In cases like formula-fed infants, most jaundice will disappear by 2 weeks but breastfed infants will take more than 2 -3 weeks.

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Eczema

Cause: It is not fully known as each baby responds differently. One of the most common forms of rashes developed in newborn baby.

Symptoms: Itchy, dry and red patches on the face.

Treatment: Apply moisturiser on the affected skin can improve the condition. Consult a doctor if the problem persists for few days.

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Sucking Blister

Cause: Vigorous sucking on bottle or breast. It is normal for many newborn babies.

Symptoms:  A raised portion of skin that is filled with fluid.  It is usually formed at the upper or lower lips.

Treatment: The blisters are harmless therefore no treatment is required. 

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Flaky Skin

Cause: Vernix, a thick coating fluid comes from the amniotic fluid. All newborns are protected with vernix which will be wiped off after birth. As a result, the baby will start to shed her outer layer of skin within one to three weeks.

Symptoms: Dry & peeling skin. 

Treatment: Skin flaking will go away on its own so it does not require special care. 

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Final Thoughts

My baby girl caught me unprepared when she was diagnosed with jaundice. Probably you have guessed it. Next thing I did was to search for information regarding jaundice with my smartphone. New parents often turned to the internet for solutions.

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