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Crying, Age 3 and Younger - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • Your baby has been shaken or struck on the head.

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You are afraid that you will harm your baby and you cannot find someone to help you.
  • Your child is very cranky, even after 3 or more hours of holding, rocking, or feeding.
  • Your baby cries in a different manner or for an unusual length of time.
  • Your baby cries for a long time and has symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or blood or mucus in the stool.

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your baby is not gaining weight.
  • Your baby has no symptoms other than crying, but you want to check for health problems.
  • Your baby seems to be acting odd, even though you are not sure exactly what concerns you.
  • You are not able to feel close to your newborn.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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