Thank goodness for Google – getting an answer at the tip of your fingers in a matter of seconds. When it comes to health however we tend to research too much, perhaps because the worry-monger features in us all. How did our parents do it back then? We are sure it involved a great deal of common sense.

Whatever you Google regarding your children make sure you have a ‘wide’ definition of normal. Beyond the worry-mongering; we also tend to compare our kids to other kids. We are all guilty of it and it remains debatable whether we ever outgrow it. So take whatever you read with a pinch of salt unless it’s a scientific fact and can be corroborated by the smartest and most rational parents you know, probably your own! There is no substitute for common sense and experience when it comes to rearing little humans.

Here are the top 5 most recent googled questions (and answers) about babies, in no particular order.

1. Can babies get Coronavirus?
Yes they can, like any virus, however the symptoms and effects of the disease seem to be much milder in babies and children. Fever and cough are common COVID-19 symptoms in both adults and children; shortness of breath is more likely to be seen in adults. Children can have pneumonia, with or without obvious symptoms. They can also experience sore throat, excessive fatigue or diarrhea

2. How soon after pregnancy can you get pregnant?
You don’t need a period to get pregnant, so that can be as soon as your next cycle. The important question to ask is when do you ovulate? Some women ovulate once a cycle which could be 28 days and others can ovulate in much longer cycles and take longer to fall pregnant.

3. Why are newborns given vitamin k?
Babies are born with low levels of vitamin K which is essential in helping one’s blood clot. Lacking this vitamin can cause hemorrhagic disease of the newborn. VKDB can range from bruising of the skin to bleeding inside the baby’s brain, and can occur from birth to months later.

4. Why does my child have a fever?
First of all check indeed whether it is a fever or if your baby is just hot. Remove any excess layers of clothing and check the baby’s temperature again in 10 minutes time to see if it has gone down. If the fever persists then use an oral thermometer to ascertain the exact temperature. Anything over 100 ° F or 38 ° C is considered a fever and a doctor should be consulted, especially coupled with any other symptoms such as not drinking, lack of appetite and diarrhea.

5. When do babies start teething
Most teeth appear within 4 to 7 months, but normal can be much longer than that. Tell-tale signs of teething are general irritability and misery of baby; excess drool (hard to tell with some babies) and a slight increase in body temperature. Some babies also put their fists and any item they can find in their mouths to help massage gums and alleviate pain.

lastly to note, one of the most frequently googled questions is how to make a baby, but perhaps somethings are better left to the imagination than Google.