How can you tell if your baby (4 month old) has a soar throat. I've had one and I'm not sure if I passed it to him.

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Christina - posted on 11/22/2008

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You should be able to tell because your baby won’t be him self. Watch for changes in his temperament. He may whimper a bit or cry more often. He may want to be cuddled more and/or feed more often. He may not want to be left alone or be put down. He would probably also have a bit of a runny nose or watery/goopy eyes if he wasn’t feeling well. (These are the signs that my two boys show when they are not feeling well) My first son would easily get a bit of a hoarse voice/cry. I try to take a few extra precautions when I am sick with a cold. I try to wash my hands more frequently ie; after blowing my nose. I try to cough or sneeze into my elbow area instead of my hands. I have a habit of watching my baby as he nurses so I try to avoid this a bit when I am sick as I tend to breath in the direction of his face.

I hope you’re feeling better soon and that your little guy hasn’t gotten your sore throat.

Michelle - posted on 11/22/2008

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Are you breastfeeding? If so, I would not worry about it. I have never once passed an illness to any of my 5 breastfed babies. Mother's milk contains antibodies for any illness you may contract, which easily protects your baby from common colds.

However, if you are really concerned, try looking down his throat to see if it appears red or swollen. You could use a small flashlight if you are careful not to stick it down his throat or shine it in his eyes. Use your fingers to (gently) press the glands on the outside of his throat, just under his chin to see if they seem swollen. Also, check his temperature. If he has no fever or swelling, I wouldn't worry.

If he does appear sick, you could take him to the pediatrician, but be careful! Do not accept antibiotics unless the doctor has lab results confirming that he has a BACTERIAL infection -- NOT A VIRAL INFECTION. Doctors sometimes prescribe antibiotics for no other reason than to calm anxious mothers, but they do no good whatsoever unless the problem is bacterial. Giving your baby antibiotics if he does not need them is more harmful than helpful, even if it makes you feel better.

An excellent book for calming fears over a sick child is How to Raise A Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor by Robert S. Mendelsohn, MD. You can get it on Amazon or at the library.

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Sarah - posted on 11/23/2008

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Thank you all! I think so far the little guy is not getting what I have. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Allena - posted on 11/22/2008

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if your babys not wanting to or is not as eager to eat/swallow their bottles or breast milk, our doctor told us thats a fairly good indication they have a sore throat!

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