A baby can catch an illness at almost any age and any time of year and a baby’s first cold can often feel a little scary for parents. However, it is important to remember that colds and illnesses at an early age often build up a baby’s immunity and will help them fight infection much quicker in future.
Nevertheless, being able to diagnose cold symptoms in young babies quickly is important to help ease discomfort and prevent illnesses developing into more serious conditions.
This blog post explores the initial signs and symptoms of a cold to look out for, simple steps to treat a baby’s cold and how this may affect plagiocephaly treatment.
How do I Know if my Baby has a Cold?
Symptoms of a cold are often easy to spot and are not too dissimilar to the symptoms we experience as adults. A stuffy, runny or congested nose is often the first tell-tale sign your baby may be suffering with a cold but there are a few other symptoms to be aware of. They include:
If your baby is currently undergoing plagiocephaly treatment and is wearing a plagiocephaly helmet for long periods of time throughout the day, you may be concerned as to how this may affect your baby if they are showing symptoms of a cold.
Please read our advice from our clinicians on how illness can affect wearing a plagiocephaly helmet which covers if and when your baby should be wearing a plagiocephaly helmet if they have a rash, high temperature or other illnesses such as chicken pox. The post also explores if less helmet wear during illnesses affects overall progress and results.
4 Simple Steps on Treating a Baby’s Cold
Once you have established that your baby has caught a common cold and doesn’t appear to be developing any other serious symptoms, you will naturally want to try and make your little one feel comfortable and help them to recover as soon as possible.
When to See a Doctor
If your baby is under three months old and is showing signs of a cold, they should be seen by your local GP as a precautionary measure. Seeking medical advice will help to prevent your baby developing anything more serious and will also put your mind at ease.
A fever is another common cold symptom and is the body’s natural way of fighting off infection. However, if your baby has a fever of 39 degrees or higher or the fever is persistent for 5 days or more, you should also book an appointment with your local GP. Other symptoms to be aware of also include difficulty in breathing, severe loss of appetite and signs of dehydration. If your baby displays any of these symptoms it’s important to visit your doctor as soon as possible.
No one knows their baby better than a parent and if you are worried or concerned about any symptoms of illness your baby is showing, it is best to contact your GP for some advice. If your baby is currently undergoing plagiocephaly treatment and you are concerned if and when your baby should wear their plagiocephaly helmet during illness, contact one of our friendly and experienced clinicians who can advise you and provide you with that all important peace of mind.
In 2012, we received a piece of news regarding USA research on craniosynostosis and plagiocephaly. This article highlighted the Department of Pediatric Psychiatry at Seattle Children’s Hospital’s participation in an NIH-funded study of the neurobehavioral correlates of craniosynostosis. This craniofacial disorder is characterized by the premature fusion of two adjoining plates of the skull, which result in malformations and dysmorphology of the head in the absence of corrective surgery.
For those uncertain about or unfamiliar with plagiocephaly and its treatment options, you’ve come to the right place. Plagiocephaly is a condition that a significant number of babies develop in the early months of life. It’s characterised by an asymmetric head shape deformity but thankfully, many cases are mild with the ability to self-correct. Unfortunately, more severe cases will not have time to improve without help and require helmet treatment to bring the head shape back towards normality. If you think that your baby has the condition, you might be wondering who can treat plagiocephaly? Read on for a further understanding surrounding this topic.
You may have noticed that your baby has a tendency to tilt their head to one side and a flat spot on your baby’s head. Having discovered that these symptoms are characteristic of torticollis and a head deformity known as plagiocephaly, you might be trying to decide on the best way forward.
Should you try a course of physiotherapy, osteopathy or chiropractic to treat the plagiocephaly and torticollis, or go straight to your doctor for advice?
In many cases, flat head syndrome will self correct through repositioning, bringing it within the normal and acceptable range. However, where infants have moderate or severe flat head syndrome, this is unlikely to improve significantly without further intervention.
The question is, what constitutes mild, moderate and severe flat head syndrome? (more…)
When parents decide to have their baby fitted with the TiMband, many wonder whether the helmet will affect their baby’s hair growth. The simple answer is yes, but we find that hair growth seems to actually be faster when using a TiMband. Parents, especially Mums, notice that their baby develops a flat spot at the area that’s lying against the cot sheet and this is usually the flattened area. When a helmet is worn, this area is protected and covered and parents even notice that the hair seems to grow more strongly within the helmet than before. This is just the same as when a broken arm or leg is put into a cast. When the cast is removed, the hair has grown due to the protective environment and the reduction in friction from the fabric of sleeves or trouser legs. Don’t worry though, this is common and not permanent and when the helmet comes off at the end of treatment, things go back to normal.
If your little one has a TiMband, you are likely to have already witnessed it working its magic (if your baby is yet to put on their plagiocephaly helmet, you have all of this excitement to come!). As well as improving the shape of your baby’s head, you can expect a few other things with the TiMband, such as sweating or pink areas on the head. Should you be worried? No, the TiMband is designed to be 100% baby-friendly! To reassure you, this blog post highlights the most common queries that we receive about the TiMband when babies start treatment.