It is hard to say what is normal for a baby, but a mom knows when her baby is not acting like him or herself. You know when your baby is not doing the normal things that your baby does on a regular baby. Your baby could normally be very happy and active, but today he is quiet and reserved. Your baby could normally be still to herself, but today she is all over the place. When you notice the difference, you will most likely take note. There may not be any cause for concern immediately, but as you continue to watch, there may be somethings that are taking place that may need to be addressed. Getting to the bottom of the reason for your child’s change in behavior is the key to how you should react. Read on to see what might be going on with your baby.
1. Check For A Fever/Illness
There are many everyday simple illnesses that children encounter that can change the way that your child is acting. You, as a parent, will notice it when others will overlook it. A teacher or caregiver may even overlook it when they spend a significant amount of time with your child. They are trained to notice things like this, but they have so many other children to watch these things can go unnoticed because their attention has to be split while yours can be directly on your child.
If you find that your child is acting differently because of a fever or illness, you can try to address it at home. A fever can be treated with over the counter medicine or an at-home remedy. If that doesn’t work, you can take them to your healthcare provider. The same goes for treating other illnesses. This should help them get back to feeling better in a few days, and soon after, they will be acting normal again.
2. Check For Teething
All babies go through teething over the years. It is a grueling process and involves the entire household because babies are irritated and agitated to the point that they cry and do not sleep well. If you normally have a baby who is happy and engages with everyone, you will think your baby is acting differently. You will think they are suddenly mad and tired all the time. You won’t be able to recognize your child for a while.
You can not speed up the process of teething, but there are some helpful tools. You can try popsicles and cool snacks to soothe the gums. Tylenol can help with fevers caused by the aches. Keep your child active during the day so that they will rest better at night and not toss and turn at night. If you consider some of these solutions for soothing a child who is teething, you may be able to return them to normal sooner than later.
3. Check For Bullying/Harming
Even in the smallest child, we have seen caregivers harming children. It can be more difficult to find if the child can’t talk, and there are no cameras around. In older children who can talk, you may find out quickly with just asking questions, but it still may be difficult. The key is keeping your eyes open.
Many times when children act differently than normal selves, they may be being bullied or harmed in some way. They show it in their emotions even when they can not say it out of their mouths. As parents, you have to notice and take action. If you think your child is being bullied or harmed in some way, get to the bottom of it. Find out who it could be and end it before it goes any farther.
4. Check For Medicine Reaction
Medicine can have all types of reactions. Some make children sleepy. Some make them hyper. If you have recently started your child on a medication, you should have read the side effects and know what is possible. If any of these symptoms fall within the realm of what you are experiencing with your child, then you may have answered your question, and there is no reason for further research. If it appears that the medication’s side effect is a bit too much, then maybe you should address it with your doctor.
For example: If the medication side effect states that it may make your child tired, but he or she has had six naps during the run of one day. You should contact your doctor because this is keeping the child from having a productive day. He or she can not even stay awake long enough to even eat or have a conversation. Use your mommy sense as to when you feel the medication side effect has exceeded what may be normal.
5. Check For Emergency Issues
There are some times your child may be acting in ways that are unlike him or herself that are rather scary. They are not like being too calm or being too hyper, as we discussed before. Your child may be talking out of her head or speaking gibberish. Your child may be seeing things. If your child is acting in this manner, this may be caused by some emergency that warrants a visit to an emergency medical facility. In a case such as this, you shouldn’t hesitate or wait. Immediately gather your things and take your child to see someone who can assess the situation. You will feel much better with answers from a professional.
Although most often, the reason for your child not acting like him or herself is that he or she is probably having a bad day or a great day. There may be other reasons that need to be addressed. As a mother, it is your job to take note of the situation and try to see just why either has occurred, and there is a need to take further action. Sometimes there is, but often there isn’t.
Just remember that when you encounter those days where your child is having a somewhat “different” kind of day, watch and make sure that everything is okay and nothing warrants an emergency, and things will turn out just fine. Happy Parenting!