HELP! Sick baby

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  1. lscheopner

    lscheopner lscheopner

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    I have a 4 day old that has a runny nose and crusty eyes today. He won't eat and is very lethargic. What should I give him? Thanks

    Laina
     
  2. chma4

    chma4 Wolverton Family Farm Supporter

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    you should give him a visit to the vet. In the mean time give him lots of fluids and be sure he is well hydrated. i dont know much about really young kids but maybe some vetrx is in order?
     

  3. goatmarm

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    Call your vet ASAP. Baby needs to be nice and warm. Probios or yogurt to help keep the stomach from souring. You can try using a dropper or a syringe without a needle on it. Try to get the kid to swallow a dab of Karo syrup or molasses diluted w/ warm water to perk up a bit. Do you know if the kid got his/her colostrum?
    I would definitely call the vet. It could be as serious as pneumonia. The kid may need antibiotics.
     
  4. lscheopner

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    After I wrote this post went to get him to take him to the vet and he was already gone. He had started getting crusty eyes yesterday but acted fine. This morning he was very sick. I didn't think they could go down that fast.
    Now my question is, I have 3 other babies in the same pen, will they have a chance to get sick? All were fine tonight, ate really good, and look fine.

    Laina
     
  5. goatkid

    goatkid Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Sounds like your little guy had pneumonia. Some strains can kill goats fast. I don't know whether or not your other babies will get sick. Get a bottle of Nuflor from the vet to have on hand, and give to the babies from that pen at the first sign they are getting the same thing. I'm so sorry you lost the kid.
     
  6. goatmarm

    goatmarm Well-Known Member

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    Laina,
    Sorry you lost the kid. Definitely keep a close eye on the others for onset of symptoms. Maybe that one got chilled.