As a parent, you hope your child’s health will be free of any complications, but some illnesses are seen to afflict most newborns regularly. You, therefore, need to know these illnesses, their symptoms, causes as well as how to treat them.

Common illnesses that afflict newborns

Oral thrush


This is an infection that is caused by candidosis yeast fungus. Normally oral thrush finds its way into the body when your immune system is in a weak state. Newborn babies are more vulnerable to such infections than adults. It is caused by reactions to antibiotics or transmission from a mother who has a yeast infection. The major symptom of this infection is white lesions that are painful on the inside of your mouth. If your baby is diagnosed with oral thrush, then both the baby and the mother have to be treated simultaneously. Nystatin is the treatment that is admitted to this type of yeast infection.


This is a viral infection common in young children and babies. The symptoms of this illness are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. This virus usually attacks the small intestine wall lining, and this results in excessive loss of electrolytes and fluid hence lead to dehydration. Children who are infected can be contagious for up to twelve days after the first sign. The home remedies for this illness are special electrolytes.

Cat scratch fever

It is a type of bacterial infection that results from the Bartonella henselae. It mainly results from a bite or scratch from a kitten or cat. The symptoms of this infection include pimples that form around wounds as they heal. The pimples may last up to several weeks. Your kid’s lymph node can become tender and swollen. Other symptoms are fever, fatigue, poor appetite and headache. Preventive measures like cleaning the bites and scratches with soap and water can help, but you need to contact your pediatrician.


diseasesledtafsghdjfkl;Ringworms is a common skin fungal infection. It is known to affect the scalp; a condition referred to as tinea capitis. Its symptoms in infants are coin-sized patches that are scaly. The rashes can be moist or dry, and their growth stops when they reach an inch in diameter. It may look like scaly patches or bald spots and hair broken off at the center. For treatment of this infection, you consult a pediatrician to suggest the right anti-fungus creams. Also, wash your baby bedding until the infection is no more.

Any illness is a cause for concern by a parent. Proper attention to the signs of these illnesses as well as consultations with your pediatrician help to address and cure these illnesses.