Off to the doc­tor!

Your Baby & Toddler - - Health Notebook -

Cramps, winds and colic are mostly noth­ing to worry about, but some­times they can be a sign of some­thing more se­ri­ous. You should con­sult a doc­tor if your baby ex­pe­ri­ences: • Di­ar­rhoea: Loose stools are com­mon in ba­bies, but could in­di­cate an un­der­ly­ing prob­lem. If there are any sud­den changes in tex­ture or fre­quency, have him checked out. Blood in the stools also ne­ces­si­tates a trip to the doc­tor. • Con­sti­pa­tion. Red-faced push­ing doesn’t mean your baby is con­sti­pated. Even 10 days be­tween dirty nap­pies doesn’t mean he is con­sti­pated! A bet­ter in­di­ca­tion is small, hard pel­lets of poo. • Emo­tional changes. If your happy camper sud­denly starts fuss­ing and won’t eat or sleep, have him checked out. • Fever. The younger the baby is, the sooner you should seek help for fevers.

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