What will I do when my baby gets sick

If it hasn't happened to you yet, it soon will—the morning you wake up to discover that your baby is sick. Or, more likely with infants and toddlers, it will occur in the middle of the night, when you wake up to a feverish, crying child.

Recent studies have shown that infants average seven or eight acute respiratory illnesses per year; older preschool children average one or two fewer. In addition, babies may have several gastro-intestinal illnesses a year, and may also contract a whole range of other common childhood illnesses such as ear infections or chicken pox. It is not uncommon for children who are new to child care, no matter what age, to be susceptible to many illnesses that are going around—though they quickly build up immunities and begin to get sick less often.

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