Newborns: When to call the doctor

Babies are odd little beings who aren’t always simple to decipher. So, throughout the first month of life, I’ve compiled a list of frequent newborn issues that require a call or visit to your healthcare professional.

  1. FEVER: If your new infant is younger than one month old and has a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, call your baby’s doctor right once or, better yet, go to the emergency room. This isn’t a case where you can wait for the fever to go away on its own.
  2. JAUNDICE: In the first few days of a new baby’s existence, yellowing of the skin and eyes is fairly prevalent. The jaundice will go away on its own for the majority of newborns. However, some newborns will require hospitalization. If your infant appears jaundiced or if feedings aren’t going well, you should take him or her to the doctor.
  3. VOMITING: Spit-up flows easily from the mouth, usually in a tiny volume, and is sometimes accompanied by a burp. Vomiting, on the other hand, is more vigorous and produces a larger amount. If your baby’s vomit is persistently forceful, dark green in color, or there is a lot of spit-up, you should take him to the doctor.

Nonstop weeping, feeding problems, sleeping more than usual, breathing fast, and anything else that makes you feel frightened are all reasons to contact your doctor. Trust your gut instincts; they’re usually correct!

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