Illness and Your Newborn

Babies in the first few months of life are susceptible to infection due to their still maturing immune systems. Therefore, we are more cautious in our approach and want to evaluate your baby as soon as possible if they are showing signs of illness. If you are worried about your baby’s behavior or symptoms of illness, check their temperature rectally. If your baby’s rectal temperature is 100.4˚F or greater, call the office immediately for an appointment.

Also call for assistance if your baby has any of the following symptoms:

  • repeated vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • infrequent urination
  • dry mouth inside
  • extreme irritability
  • limpness or listlessness
  • difficulty breathing
  • yellow or orange skin color
  • excessive crying
  • excessive bleeding or redness/drainage around
  • umbilical stump
  • poor feeding
  • pale or blue color
  • an unusual rash
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