Growth and Development, Newborn - When to Call a Doctor
Call your doctor right away if you notice anything that concerns you. You are the
expert on your baby. Although usually everything is fine, do not be afraid to
contact your doctor for any reason.
Physical problems to watch
for in your newborn include:
- An umbilical cord stump that looks infected, as
indicated by pus or reddened skin at the base of the cord.
- Signs of dehydration, such as having no wet diapers for 6 hours.
- Not having regular bowel movements.
- Jaundice that has
not improved by 4 days after birth.
Be sure to call your doctor if your newborn:
- Cries in a peculiar manner or for an
unusual length of time.
- Son has
circumcision problems. Signs may include
greater-than-expected bleeding at the circumcision site, a bloodstained area
larger than the size of a grape on his diaper or wound dressing, or signs of
infection (such as swelling and redness).
- Has a
rectal temperature that is less than
97.8°F (36.6°C) or that is 100.4°F (38°C) or higher.
rarely awake and does not wake up for feedings, or seems too tired or
uninterested to eat.
Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about the
- Your baby seems to be acting odd, even though
you can't identify exactly what concerns you.
- You feel that you are
unable to nurture your newborn.
- You feel that you are unable to
emotionally connect with your newborn. Although it is normal to feel some
distance at first, you should develop increasing feelings for your baby during
the first week or two.
- You think you might be