|Newborn Illness - How to Recognize|
|When to Call Your Doctor|
|Call 911 Now (your child may need an ambulance) If|
|Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If|
|Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hours (between 9 am and 4 pm) If|
|Parent Care at Home If|
|Causes & Health Information|
Why Newborns Need to be Watched Closely
- Newborns are at higher risk for infections. Infections may present at any time during the first month. Watch your baby carefully for signs of illness. This is especially crucial during the first 7 days of life.
- Newborns who get a blood infection (sepsis) can get very sick quickly.
- The symptoms of serious illness in newborns can be subtle. The question below deals with sick newborns:
- "Age under 1 month old (newborn) and starts to look or act abnormal in any way". Look for this question in the "Call Your Doctor Now" section. It is listed in at least 10 topics.
- Feeding is the one reliable measure of a newborn’s well being. Newborns should be eating machines. If your baby isn't feeding well, call your baby's doctor. Also, call if your baby has an abrupt change in his feeding pattern. (Exception: never a good feeder, but takes enough milk and nothing has changed).
- If your newborn's appearance or behavior changes and you think it's abnormal, call now. Don't wait to call your baby's doctor for expert advice.
|CARE ADVICE FOR NEWBORNS WITHOUT SIGNS OF ILLNESS|
- What You Should Know:
- Based on this review, your baby doesn't have any signs of illness right now.
- During the early weeks of life, careful watching is always the best approach.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- Your baby starts to look or act abnormal in any way
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
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Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Last Reviewed: 9/1/2012
Last Revised: 1/13/2013
Content Set: Child Symptom Checker
Copyright 1994-2012 Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.