When to Call for Problems in Newborns: Care Instructions

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Your baby may need medical care if they have any of these signs. Call your baby's doctor if you have any questions.

Call the doctor now if your baby:

  • Has a rectal temperature that is less than 97.5°F or is 100.4°F or higher.
  • Seems hot, but you can't take their temperature.
  • Has no wet diapers for 6 hours.
  • Has a yellow tint to their eyes or skin. To check the skin, gently press on their nose or forehead.
  • Has pus or reddish skin on or around the umbilical cord.
  • Has trouble breathing (for example, breathing faster than usual).

Watch closely for changes in your baby's health, and contact the doctor if your baby:

  • Cries in an unusual way or for an unusual length of time.
  • Is rarely awake.
  • Does not wake up for feedings, seems too tired to eat, or isn't interested in eating.
  • Is very fussy.
  • Seems sick.
  • Is not having regular bowel movements.

Write down this information. Share it with your baby's doctor.

Your baby's birth date:

Date and time your baby started having problems:

Problems your baby has:

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