Reportable Symptoms

Even experienced parents may feel worried as they adjust to a new baby’s habits, needs and personality. It is important to remember that most of the common physical problems that occur during a given 24 hours with baby are normal situations or problems with simple answers.

If the following symptoms of illness occur, a call to your baby’s healthcare professional is in order:

  • Blue lip color is a 911 call!
  • Blue or pale colored skin.
  • Yellow skin or eyes.
  • Patches of white found in baby’s mouth.
  • Eating poorly or refuses to eat.
  • No stool for 48 hours and less than 6 wet diapers a day.
  • Redness, drainage or foul odor from the umbilical cord.
  • Does not urinate within 6-8 hours of circumcision.
  • Fever of 100.4°F or more.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • If the baby has a congested cough, running eyes or running nose.
  • Repeated vomiting or several refused feedings in a row.
  • Listlessness.
  • Crying excessively with no known cause.
  • An unusual or severe rash (other than prickly heat).
  • Frequent or successive bowel movements with excess fluid, mucous or foul odor.

When to Call Your Baby’s Healthcare Provider or Lactation Consultant

Call your baby’s lactation consultant or healthcare provider right away if the baby shows any of the following symptoms:

  • Blue lip color is a 911 call!
  • If your baby is not effectively nursing at least 8-12 feedings each day.
  • If the baby has less than 4 wet diapers in a 24-hour period in the first week of life, and less than 6 wet diapers in a 24-hour period after the baby is 7 days old.
  • If your baby is not stooling 3-4 times a day once your milk is in greater supply.
  • If the baby refuses to eat for 6-8 hours.
  • If the baby experiences drastic behavior changes such as increased irritability, excessive crying without a cause, extreme sleepiness or floppy arms and legs, call your healthcare provider immediately.

If you feel your baby needs immediate medical attention, take your baby to the nearest hospital emergency room.