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Mother and baby can suffer from a variety of conditions in those first crucial months of a newborn’s life. Continue reading below to get more information about postpartum conditions like anxiety, bleeding, and depression as well as infant illness and newborn medications, antibiotics and prescription baby formulas. Learn about treating your infant at home and when to take him/her to the doctor. Also learn about how to get discounts on baby medications and postpartum depression medications by using our free coupons in your local pharmacy.
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Newborn Information & Discounts
What are postpartum conditions?
Postpartum conditions, or conditions that may arise after the birth of a child, include postpartum depression, postpartum bleeding, and postpartum anxiety. The causes of postpartum depression and anxiety are still uncertain. Fluctuating hormones may certainly be a factor, but all women experience fluctuating hormones after birth and most of them will not develop PPD. Also, some men develop PPD after their partner has given birth. Some other factors that may contribute to PPD and anxiety include having an unsupportive partner, a history of depression, a baby with colic, sleep deprivation, and changes in lifestyle. For information on symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety, see the symptoms section. Postpartum bleeding or lochia is normal and is experienced by all women after giving birth. Heavy bleeding will occur for 3-10 days after giving birth. Contact your doctor if you fill more than one large sanitary pad every hour or if you develop a fever. Women will need to wear pads for up to six weeks after giving birth. The more physically active you are, the more you may bleed. If bleeding becomes excessive, lie down and contact your doctor.
What are newborn illnesses?
Newborns don’t often develop serious illnesses. Typical newborn complications that can usually be managed without the use of antibiotics include rashes, ear infections, colds, croup, allergies, diarrhea, and constipation. A serious illness that could occur is newborn sepsis. This happens when a young infant is unable to fight off an infection and the infant’s immune system begins to attack the body’s organs. Read more about newborn medications and treating sepsis and other newborn conditions in the following sections. In rare cases (2-3%), a newborn may have a milk protein allergy or they may be lactose intolerant and require a prescription baby formula. Most babies who have milk allergies outgrow them by the time they are 3-5 years old. Signs that your baby has a milk allergy include loose stools, skin rashes, vomiting, and refusing to eat. Contact your pediatrician if you suspect allergies. Read about prescription baby formula in the drug information section.
How can I manage postpartum conditions?
Postpartum depression and anxiety can be managed with counseling and medication. Read more about medication for postpartum depression in the types of medication section. Depending on the situation, counseling for postpartum depression or anxiety involves cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy for depression is a personal therapy that works on changing perspectives and thoughts into positive actions while interpersonal therapy works on relationships.
How can I manage a sick newborn?
There are few cases when your sick newborn would require antibiotics. In most cases when babies under two years of age are sick, the illness should be allowed to run its course rather than being treated it with antibiotics. This strengthens the child’s immune system and prevents many problems that have been associated with giving antibiotics to babies such as allergies, eczema, resistance to antibiotics, and even obesity.
Symptoms like coughing and congestion may be treated with nasal aspirators, humidifiers, and saline nasal drops. Dehydration from diarrhea or vomiting can be treated with electrolyte solutions. Talk to your pediatrician about infant pain medication for ear infections. Pain can also be relieved by applying hot compresses to the ear using a warm washcloth. In many cases, a baby will fight an ear infection without the use of medication. If an infection doesn’t improve in 48 hours, your pediatrician may prescribe antibiotics. If your baby has a fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, contact your pediatrician. A fever is the body’s normal way of fighting infection and usually doesn’t need to be treated unless the fever is above 102 degrees. A lukewarm bath may help lower your baby’s fever. Do not use cold water. If your baby’s fever gets over 102 or doesn’t improve, your doctor will prescribe some type of fever reducer which can be found in the drug information section. In extreme situations when an infant does not get over a cold or virus, or a newborn develops sepsis, antibiotics should be prescribed. Read about newborn antibiotics for sepsis in the drug information section.
What are the different types of postpartum medications and baby medications?
SSRIs or serotonin reuptake inhibitors are used to treat depression and are commonly prescribed as medication for postpartum depression. Doctors usually recommend these types of antidepressants for postpartum depression and anxiety as they are considered to be safer than other medications and are okay for women who are breastfeeding. SSRIs work by reducing the reuptake of serotonin which increases its availability in the brain which elevates mood.
Antibiotics are wonderful medications that should be used when needed to cure an illness that your baby’s immune system can’t fight off on its own. Antibiotics are life-saving drugs, but unfortunately they are often over-prescribed and this has been known to cause antibiotic resistance in certain bacteria and to kill good bacteria that your baby needs. If your baby’s illness hasn’t started to improve in 48 hours, or your baby develops newborn sepsis, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. Antibiotics work by interfering with the growth or reproduction of bacterial cells. Many of them work by destroying the bacterial cell walls, leading to the death of the bacteria. Most of the time your doctor will recommend a safe penicillin antibiotic for your baby. In the case of sepsis, the hospital will intravenously administer a stronger antibiotic such as gentamicin to fight the infection.
What are the symptoms of postpartum depression/anxiety?
Symptoms of postpartum depression include having no energy, hopelessness, sadness, changes in appetite, feeling worthless or guilty, social withdrawal, scary thoughts, rage or irritability, and trouble performing everyday activities and care for the newborn baby. Symptoms of postpartum anxiety include panic attacks, restlessness, insomnia, rapid heart rate, and constant worry or feelings of apprehension and dread. Anxiety or depression may also manifest itself in physical pain like headaches, backaches, and upset stomach.
What are signs that your baby is ill?
Call your doctor if your baby has a fever above 100.4 degrees. If your baby has a fever of 102 or above, you will need to talk to your doctor about using fever-reducing baby medications. Other signs that your baby is ill include vomiting, diarrhea, a change in breathing patterns, your baby’s skin or lips remain a bluish color, or the baby cries more than usual. Signs of newborn sepsis include inflammation or swelling, hot, flushed skin, abnormal heart rate, changes in body temperature, lethargy and hyperventilation. If ever in doubt about the state of your baby’s health, contact your pediatrician.
Newborn Drug Information
Generic acetaminophen or Tylenol is the most commonly prescribed painkiller and fever reducer for infants. Do not give your baby Tylenol or acetaminophen without talking to your doctor first. Doses must be measured exactly. Anything over the recommended dosage can be dangerous for your baby. There are a variety of acetaminophen baby medications that are made in the form of a flavored liquid.
Generic sertraline or Zoloft is the most commonly prescribed SSRI used to treat postpartum depression and anxiety. This medication works by elevating available levels of serotonin in the brain. Less remnants of sertraline have been found in breast milk than with other antidepressants and is considered safer for mother and baby alike. Search our site for free coupons for sertraline or Zoloft and get up to 80% off the pharmacy price of this medication.
Amoxicillin is a safe, generic, penicillin antibiotic that is commonly prescribed to treat a variety of infections in infants and young children. It comes in the form of chewable tablets or a flavored liquid. Follow your pediatrician’s recommendations and give the exact dosage needed for your baby. Only use measuring devices that are specifically made to measure your baby’s medications. Excessive dosages can be dangerous to your baby. Liquid amoxicillin should be stored in the refrigerator.