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Baby Care: When to call your pediatrician

You should call your pediatrician in any of the following cases:

  • Leaking from the umbilical cord or circumcision
  • Yellow, bluish, or pale color of the baby’s skin
  • Yellow color in the area of the eyes that is usually white
  • Temperature less than 97° or over 99.6° F axillary (taken under arm)
  • Irritability, crying or fussing more than usual
  • Becoming floppy or limp
  • Not eating as well as usual
  • Vomiting after more than 2 feedings in a row
  • Fewer than six to eight wet diapers per day (after milk comes in for breastfed babies)
  • Watery stools or diarrhea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Problems waking up
  • Problems or worries about the circumcision

Call your pediatrician before changing your baby’s formula or stopping breastfeeding.


Be sure to ask your pediatrician which hospital you should go to.
If you have any other questions or concerns about your baby’s health, do not hesitate to call your doctor.
To test for this disease, a small amount of blood is taken from your baby’s heel. This test is done before your baby goes home from the hospital.

When To Call the Doctor
Contact your baby's pediatrician for emergencies. Be sure to ask which hospital you should go to if it becomes necessary. Call the pediatrician if the baby looks sick or starts to act differently. When you call, the doctor or nurse will ask you questions to help find out what might be wrong with your baby. Make sure you are prepared to give the following information:

  • Description of your baby’s symptoms, for example what your baby is doing, not doing, or other signs that make you think something is wrong
  • Baby’s temperature, including if you took the temperature under the arm or with an ear thermometer
  • Name and phone number of your pharmacy
  • Keep paper and a pen near you when you call the doctor so you can write down important information, especially anything the doctor tells you to do.