4 Common Baby Health Issues—and What to Register for to Help
It’s practically a given that every new parent experiences their fair share of stressful, “is this normal?” moments that’ll make you feel like you have more questions than answers. These will undoubtedly range from the serious (is it a fever?) to the less-serious (is there such a thing as too much burping?). And while you may not be able to gather all the answers in advance, you can get peace of mind from being prepared, especially when it comes to baby’s health. Read on to learn about some common baby health issues, and the items you should register for to help them feel better ASAP. That way, you’ll be able to get back to focusing on the less-serious stuff—like wondering if they’ll be bald forever. Spoiler alert: This too shall pass!
A fever could be a sign of overheating or teething, but it’s often an indication that baby’s fighting an infection. If baby feels warm, or is exhibiting a change in behavior like trouble eating or sleeping, it’s a good idea to take their temperature.
A forehead thermometer uses an infrared scanner to easily and accurately measure temperature, making it a hygienic and reliable method for babies over 3 months.
Our Pick: The Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer ($55, Amazon.com) has both a sensor and optical system to quickly and accurately read baby’s temperature—not to mention a no-touch mode and backlight reading so you can use it without disrupting baby’s sleep. Simply put the thermometer in silent mode, and the ultra-sensitive proximity sensor will guide you to the correct distance (about 2 inches away) and give you a temperature reading in just a few seconds.
Problem: Gassy Tummy
Most babies will suffer from gas pain at some point; it’s a natural byproduct of introducing breast milk and formula to their still-developing gut. It tends to be at its worst when baby is between 4 to 12 weeks old and improves after they hit the three-month mark.
To help alleviate baby’s discomfort when they reach this stage, try using an infant feeding pillow specially formulated to reduce reflux or gas.
Our Pick: The Itzy Ritzy Milk Boss Infant Feeding Support Pillow ($25, ItzyRitzy.com) offers a good height and angle for either bottle or breastfeeding. You can use the pillow for burping after a feed too; the arm hole will help you stay in a comfortable position.
Problem: Teething Pain
Once baby reaches 3 to 6 months old, you may notice a host of not-so-pleasant symptoms, like excessive drooling, swollen gums, poor sleep and overall crankiness—indicators that they’ve likely started teething.
There are plenty of teething tools ddesigned to soothe baby’s pain, many of which can be popped in the freezer to provide extra relief for tender gums.
Our Pick: This adorable elephant is giving Sophie the Giraffe a run for her money. The neck on the Safety 1st Mombella Ellie Elephant Teether ($6, BuyBuyBaby.com is long enough to reach cutting molars (but angled to prevent baby from gagging or choking), and the body is the ideal size for even tiny fingers to grasp.
Problem: Baby Acne and Eczema
You may think of baby’s skin as super-soft and smooth, but that’s not always the case, especially for newborns. Benign skin issues like baby acne may set in shortly after birth, and some infants experience eczema starting around 2 to 4 months old.
While your pediatrician may recommend a specific course of action to treat these conditions, overall it’s important to keep baby’s skin hydrated, because dry skin can make them worse. Setting up a humidifier in the nursery will help keep skin moisturized—and also help baby breathe better (especially when they have that aforementioned stuffy nose).
Our Pick: The Honeywell Germ-Free Cool Mist Humidifier (from $45, Amazon.com) has a UV light and filter to eliminate up to 99.99 percent of germs, mold, fungus and bacteria from the water. Plus it has a quiet motor, and a full tank lasts up to 24 hours so it won’t disrupt baby’s sleep.
Published January 2019