When to Call the Doctor

When to Call the Doctor

Health concerns that need a doctor’s attention.

Newborns can be mysterious little creatures to care for. When things like rashes, noisy breathing and yellow stools are considered normal, how is a first-time parent to know when something needs a doctor’s attention? To help clear up any confusion, we’ve created a list of symptoms that your baby’s doctor would want to know about right away:

  • Persistent vomiting that projects outward
  • A temperature greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • A rash with pus-filled blisters
  • Extreme listlessness and/or loss of appetite
  • Unusual fussiness or irritability
  • Yellow skin color
  • Green or yellow drainage from the eye
  • Unusually rapid or labored breathing
  • No urine for 12 hours
  • No stool for 24 hours
  • Blood in stools or urine
  • Frequent, watery stools or red, greenish or black stools
  • Reddened or foul-smelling cord site
  • Swelling, drainage or persistent bleeding at circumcision site

Trust your motherly instincts. If something with your baby just doesn’t seem right, it can’t hurt to call. Doctors who care for newborns are used to hearing from anxious parents, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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