Does your baby have a fever for a long time? Does she eat too little or does she suffer from rashes? If this sounds like your baby, you might want to read our post. Your little darling may have glandular fever. Can babies get glandular fever, what is it and how do you treat it? Read our post and get the answers here.
What Is Glandular Fever?
Glandular fever is an infectious health condition that affects the babies and leads to a high temperature. It is also popular as the ‘kissing disease’. If your baby suffers from a high temperature, seek immediate medical attention.
Causes Of Glandular Fever In Babies:
The Epstein-Barr virus or EBV is the most prominent cause of glandular fever in babies. EBV is most infectious when your baby has a high temperature. Glandular fever can occur due to other reasons as well, and some include:
- Saliva or spit of individual suffering from glandular fever.
- Exposure to sneezes and coughs.
- Sharing food, drinks, cups, spoons, and other things. (1)
Symptoms Of Glandular Fever In Babies:
How do you know your baby is down with glandular fever? Here are some prominent symptoms of the ailment.
- High temperature
- Swollen glands develop in the neck area of your baby. Swelling in other body parts, such as armpits.
- Sores in the mouth of the baby
- Fatigue or lack of activity of the baby
- Loss of appetite
- Excess of sweating
- Pain and baby cry out of pain in muscles
- Difficulty in breathing
- Small purple or red spots present on the roof of your baby’s mouth
- Rash on the body, particularly on the chest area
- Swollen eyes or puffiness visible around the baby’s eyes
- Swollen or tender tummy and swollen spleen
- Baby suffers from jaundice with yellowish skin and eyes (2)
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Diagnosing Glandular Fever In Babies:
When these symptoms are apparent in your baby, it becomes important to diagnose the exact cause of the condition. A blood test helps diagnose glandular fever in babies easily and quickly.
Treating Glandular Fever In Babies:
Even though there is no prominent cure for glandular fever, you can follow some measures to alleviate the symptoms in babies. Symptoms of the ailment tend to pass within a few weeks naturally. Here we mention some prominent treatment measures that help mitigate the condition.
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Increase Your Baby’s Fluid Intake:
You need to feed your baby lots of fluids to prevent the risk of dehydration when she suffers from glandular fever. Remember to give her enough water or unsweetened fruit juice.
Let Your Baby Rest:
Complete bed rest is not mandatory; it is an essential aspect of treating glandular fever in your baby. The rest will help her keep fatigue at bay. She may suffer from a swollen spleen that is prone to injury, and a sudden fall can make it burst. So, prevent your angel from moving around too much and don’t encourage high energy activities. (3)
Preventing Glandular Fever In Babies:
Follow these simple tips to prevent glandular fever in babies.
- Prevent your baby from coming in contact with individuals suffering from the ailment.
- Avoid sharing utensils, spoons, clothes, and other stuff that others use.
- Clean all clothes, utensils, toys, and other things that your baby tends to come in contact regularly.
- Appropriate care and regular cleanliness can help prevent your baby from glandular fever infection.
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