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When to call your Baby's Doctor

The following are reasons to call your baby's doctor:

  • Rectal temp is 100.4 degrees F (38.0 degrees C) or higher.
  • Your baby is vomiting.
  • Your baby has diarrhea.
  • Your baby does not want to eat.
  • Your baby breathes fast (normal breathing rate is 40 to 60 breaths per minute).
  • Your baby is suddenly more sleepy or more fussy than usual.
  • You see redness, swelling or fluid on the baby's eyes, ears, nose, circumcision or umbilical cord (belly button).
  • You see a rash you don't expect.
  • Your baby's urine and stool output is less than expected.
  • Your baby first develops jaundice or has worsening jaundice.
  • You have any questions about your baby's health.

If you cannot reach your own doctor or clinic, call the emergency room at your local hospital. A doctor or nurse will talk with you and advise you what to do. If you think your baby needs emergency care, do not wait -- get emergency help.

Last UpdateDecember 2, 2011
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