Since a baby cannot talk, it becomes more difficult to tell when he has a normal upset stomach or he is really sick.
How frequently your toddler gets ill can be different. Babies in their daycare age often get ill since they are exposed to more germs at a young age.
What makes it worse is that babies below 4 years who get ill are unable to talk to you and tell you how they feel. From their babyhood to nursery school, the minimum a child can get a cold is six to nine times in a year.
Knowing what symptoms to look for can aid to reduce the worry so that you can decide if it’s serious enough to seek medical advice for your baby.
If your experience the below symptoms in your baby, you need to see a doctor for further advice.
1. Is your baby dehydrated
This is a symptom to observe because dehydration is dangerous to your baby. As I have said above at that age your baby cannot talk and tell you how they feel so you need to be look out for this symptom because its effects can affect your baby faster especially below two years. Dehydration is mostly caused by feeding your baby poorly, can happen when your baby has a fever, vomiting constantly or diarrhea. Observe for any dryness in mouth and gums of your baby. Other symptoms to tell whether your baby is dehydrated are when your baby sheds no tears when crying, when he wets the diaper regularly. If you see these signs, seek medical advice.
Dehydration can happen if the baby is feeding poorly, has a fever, is in too warm an environment, or has constant vomiting or diarrhea. You can recognize dehydration if your baby has a dry mouth and gums, wets the diaper less regularly, sheds no tears when crying or the fontanel (the soft spot on the top of the head) appears to sink slightly. If you think your baby is dehydrated, call the doctor. Dehydration can affect your baby if he is off his milk.
Babies especially below one year, usually vomit, but when that occurs more frequently, you should have a reason to be concerned. When your baby vomits once, that is always normal but if he vomits more often, or the vomit contains blood or is green in color or if you observe any signs of dehydration, you should see a doctor.
4. Change in behavior
This is, in fact the first symptom to observe in your baby. If your baby is more active when awake, feeds well, and can be calmed when crying, minor differences in activity level are usual. However, if you observe irritability changes it may be time to seek medical advice for your baby.