A baby who cries inconsolably will not only be troublesome for the parents but also run the risk of developing a sore throat. In order to control the throat problem, it is important to understand the reason behind your baby’s consistent crying and screaming. Most babies have a habit of crying in the middle of the night and some do so when they feel disappointed. If your baby has such a problem, read the tips below. They will help you. (See other parenting tips here)
What makes your baby cry?
In order to cure a sore throat, you definitely need to start from the roots. Most babies have a tendency of crying every time they are not feeling comfortable. Unlike mature adults who can get through some unfavorable conditions; babies lack the sense of perseverance and can be provoked by the slightest of actions.
Both breastfeeding and those at toddler stage can suffer from stomach upset. Depending on what the mother eat earlier in the day, some food may be allergic to the baby and this causes stomach pains in the form of allergic reactions.
A toddler who feeds on anything nearby is more susceptible to bacterial infections. In the case of loud screaming and crying, seek immediate help from a qualified doctor. Avoid food that is allergic to your baby while keeping him away from potential sources of contaminants.
At the age of four months to two years, most babies are likely to have itchy gums. This causes discomfort and most babies experience vigorous chewing on toys and even hands. Some may injure their bodies in the long run leading to adverse pains and infections. When the signs set in; it is important to get your baby a soft yet safe toy to do the chewing on.
possibilities of developing ear infections are more advance when your baby has a fever or cold. They are mostly bacterial and if not treated, may worsen with time. Babies usually show signs of ear infection by prolonged crying and scratching of the ears’ outer skin. To treat this, you first need to understand the signs. Take your baby for a treatment and observe a high level of hygiene
They may include insect bites or accidental injuries such as an eye scratch. Disappointing your baby; such as pinching or shouting is the least you can do. Try to keep a friendly relationship with your baby as much as possible. Avoiding bodily and emotional harm is the best you can do.
How to cure your baby from sore throat
Most parents wonder how screaming and crying causes a sore throat. Take a look at this biological concept between the two; when your baby cries, she produces a lot of mucus. This mucus drains down the throat and causes irritation on the lining of the esophagus. With time, the irritation proceeds and causes a sore throat. Now you know, let’s look at how you can cure a sore throat.
Once the throat turns sore, it sets rooms for more bacterial and viral infections. Most medicinal tabs (crushed or dissolved) , liquids and other forms of antibiotics are available in the market. It’s always important to consider the causative agent before going for one. Where antibiotics don’t work, the infections might have turn viral over time; it’s advisable to take some home remedies into practice- as discussed below. You can also give your baby some saline nasal drops to help with nasal congestion
Most penicillin antibiotics are used to relief pain and at the same time treating the condition. A short course of selected steroids ( only for babies) might also be prescribed for fast improvement.
At-home diet and treatments
After age four to six months, your baby’s diet starts to change from all-liquid to a more solid food. The best way to spare a sore throat is by taking food that won’t irritate or cause additional pain. Some vitamin supplements may work exceptionally well with her usual diet. Vitamin C, for example, boosts your child’s immune system by strengthening her blood vessels and these keep infections at bay.
Some home remedies to get you started
With your help, try as much as possible to have your baby gargle a small amount of salt water- preferably warm. This should be done very keenly to avoid your baby swallowing the mixture. The salt-water mixture needs to be precise and accurate. More often, the salt water solution should be in the ratio; eight ounces of warm water to a quarter/one Tsp of salt. Salt water for long has been used for oral hygiene. The basics behind it might be hidden for many but here is all you need to know.
Salt solution in its best concentration has some healing properties. Being an isotonic solution; meaning the salt concentration in it and the mineral concentration in the body are equal; it doesn’t irritate the mucous membranes. A sore throat has an irritated mucous membrane and a medicinal mouthwash may even worsen the condition. Warm water is preferably better than cold or ice water since it easily matches your baby’s body temperature.
Drinking plenty of water helps a lot in treating a sore throat but for your baby; this might be a bit tricky. Since your baby is too young, it is advisable to limit the water intake. A child won’t stop drinking water as far as you are willing to provide. Make sure to at least have water in her diet because this will help increase the amount of overall body fluid.
Their bodies are just tiny and three mouthfuls of water will do no harm. This will ease the drainage of mucus down the throat. The easier the drainage of mucus down the throat, the lesser the irritation it has on the mucous membrane.
Avoid feeding your baby with cold drinks. This should be avoided due to the sensitive nature of the blood vessels and capillaries in the affected areas of the throat. Sugary food such as fizzy drinks and fruit juice is food to bacteria and should be avoided at all cost.
A sore throat will cause itching, irritation, and pain; this will lead to further crying which in turn worsen the condition. In case this doesn’t get better with time, it is important to consider another option; visit a qualified doctor and get the best of medication.
At two years of age, your child should be in a position to chew some type of food. When your baby is having a sore throat, she lacks that energy to chew. Provide her with mashed food and see to it that she swallows. It’s also important to be selective in her diet. If she’s a bit comfortable with chewing, provide her with soft and easy-to-chew food that has nutritive value to the body.