When to Call Your Baby’s Provider


Dr. O’Connor

In most cases, your new baby will let you know if she’s not feeling well. Please contact your pediatrician right away if your baby has any of the following:

  • A fever over 100.4° F or 38° C
  • Lethargy, difficulty waking and feeding
  • Cyanosis, which is blueness around his lips, during feeding or at any other time
  • Diarrhea, continuing for more than 24 hours

If the diarrhea is accompanied by decreased urination, however, contact your baby’s provider immediately. Do remember that babies stools are naturally loose.

  • Constipation, indicated by hard, pellet-like stools
  • Loss of appetite

If your baby refuses two or more feedings, she may not be feeling well.

  • Vomiting, other than “spitting up” or “wet burps”
  • Uncontrollable crying
  • Breathing problems, such as uneven or difficult breathing or the absence of breathing for more than 15 seconds
  • Jaundice, with yellow skin or eyes that shows up after the first week, or darker yellow than when the baby was discharged from the hospital
  • Discharge from the ears, eyes, mouth, or genitals
  • Heavy bleeding or foul-smelling discharge oozing from around the navel after the umbilical cord has fallen off or around the circumcision area, or
  • No wet diapers for 24 hours

In fact, you should feel free to contact your provider or pediatrician with any questions or concerns after your baby is born.