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When to Call the Physician

  • Temperature less than 97 or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or any fever lasting more than 24 hours
  • Refusal to eat for more than five or six hours
  • No wet diapers for 24 hours or less than four wet diapers a day
  • Black stools after fifth day of life
  • Blood in stools
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Persistent vomiting (not just spitting up): projectile vomiting, green vomit, swollen tummy
  • Listlessness
  • Irritability or apparent pain
  • Difficulty breathing, wheezing
  • Anytime you feel something is not right with your baby - you know your baby better than anyone else does.
  • Swollen, red, draining or foul-smelling umbilical cord
  • Jaundice (yellow skin, yellow eyes)
  • Persistent coughing
  • Blue skin color
  • Signs of ear infection: fever, irritability, pulling at ears
  • White patches in mouth (thrush)
  • Diaper rash that looks very red, raw or has white patches
  • Swollen or red eyes, excessive tearing or discharge
  • Any injury or fall