How can you tell the difference between a blocked duct and mastitis?
Mastitis is due to an infection (almost always due to bacteria rather than other types of germs) that usually occurs in breastfeeding mothers. However it can occur in any woman, even if she is not breastfeeding and can even occur in newborn babies of either sex. Nobody knows exactly why some women get mastitis and others do not. Bacteria may enter the breast through a crack or sore in the nipple but women without sore nipples also get mastitis and most women with cracks or sores do not. Mastitis is different from a blocked duct because a blocked duct is not thought to be an infection and thus does not need to be treated with antibiotics. With a blocked duct, a mother has a painful, swollen, firm mass in the breast. The skin overlying the blocked duct is often red, but less intensely red than the redness of mastitis. Unlike mastitis, a blocked duct is not usually associated with fever, though it can be. Mastitis is usually more painful than a blocked duct, but both can be quite painful. Thus seeing the difference between a “mild” mastitis and a “severe” blocked duct may not be easy. It is also possible that a blocked duct goes on to become mastitis, so things become even more complicated. However, without a lump in the breast, there is no mastitis or blocked duct for that matter.Read more
Symptoms associated with teething include rashes, drooling, runny noses, short-lived diarrhea, crankiness, loss of appetite and mild temperatures. The symptoms are never severe, and they aren’t prolonged, often beginning the day a pearly white popped through and lasting until the day after. The longer the symptom lasts, the less likely it is to be from teething. If a baby is fretful four or five nights instead of one or two, if diarrhea continues for more than a day, or if a fever is higher than 38.5°c, you should be calling the doctor instead of blaming teething.polar mummy77
- What is the cause of blocked duct? My second blocked duct now in less than 1 month. I latch and pump frequently except may be at night.
From my understanding - blocked ducts will occur for two reasons - your breasts are engorged and if your immunity is low. Now that you have it, go see a lactation consultant or massage lady to help remove the blockage. They will teach you how to massage it out. From my experience the way you hold your baby also matters. I have found that the best way of draining milk is to do a football hold latch. To prevent blocked ducts in the future, have a more balanced diet or take supplements to help boost your immunity. Your milk production is also the highest typically at night. So try to pump at least once every four to six hours if you feed very little at night because that may be contributing to your blocked ducts.Chloe Tan