Top 10 Newborn and Baby Conditions

Signs of and treatments for routine ailments suffered by newborns and babies, infant to 2 years of age.

KATY MAGAZINE | April 2018

By Sara G. Stephens

Even the healthiest of babies can come down with a case of some ailment that makes them uncomfortable and makes their parents miserable. The frustration comes from seeing their child so unhappy and is compounded by the helplessness of not knowing what’s causing the problem, much less how to treat it.

Here we present the most common baby illnesses, tell you what signs to watch for, and describe the treatments—including what you can expect when visiting the pediatrician to what you might try at home to alleviate your baby’s discomfort.

We asked some Katy moms for some tried and true tricks they’ve put to use—some passed down from Grandma, some the product of trial and error, and others just good ol’ common sense.


Signs: excessive, inconsolable crying, typically louder and higher-pitched than what the parent associates with cries of hunger or tiredness, and usually occurring in the late afternoon or evening. These crying episodes end as suddenly as they start.

Causes: unknown

What to do: First, schedule a visit to the doctor so he/she can rule out more menacing causes of your baby’s crying. It could be the result of food allergies or an infection that needs attention.

Advice from Katy moms: “My dad was an old school doctor, which meant he practiced medicine with some of what his Momma taught him. He said, ‘A colicky baby is a hungry baby.’ After two weeks of my son screaming because of my following my pediatrician’s advice, I added a pinch of rice cereal, and instantly my son stopped. He never had colic again.” –Caroline S.

“I’ve used gripe water a lot. Never heard of it until this baby. It really seems to help too.” –Laura H.

2. Ear Aches

Signs: Episodes of crying or screaming that last less than half an hour, with signs of pain increasing when the baby is lying down; head shaking; fever; ear tugging/rubbing; decreased appetite if the infection has traveled down to the jaw, making sucking painful; ear may be red from the pain, especially if an infection is present.

Causes: can be the result of either an infection or pressure from sinus congestion