Your healthcare provider needs to know if your baby has any signs of illness. If your parent intuition senses something is not right with your baby, or if you notice any of the following symptoms, call your pediatrician.
- Baby’s lips are a blue color – This is a 911 call!
- Skin looks pale.
- Skin or eyes are yellow.
- White patches in baby’s mouth.
- Baby is refusing to eat, or eating poorly (less than 8 feedings in a 24 hour period)
- Baby hasn’t had a soiled diaper in 2 days
- Baby hasn’t had at least 1 wet diaper per day of age in the first week, or 6 wet diapers a day after the first week of life.
- He hasn’t had a wet diaper within 8 hours of a circumcision.
- Around the umbilical cord looks red, feels warm, and has drainage or a foul odor.
- A temperature of 100’F (37.1 C) or higher.
- Trouble breathing
- Repeated vomiting or several refused feedings in a row.
- Excessive crying without a known cause.
- An unusual or severe rash (other than prickly heat)
- Baby has frequent or successive bowel movements that are watery, with mucous, blood or a foul odor.
- A drastic change in behavior such as increased irritability, excessive crying without a cause, extreme sleepiness or floppy arms and legs.
- Baby develops a congested cough, running eyes or nose.
Most common physical problems are normal and have easy answers or solutions. It’s always best to err on the side of caution, and report any changes in behavior or appearance to your health care provider.