When To Call The Doctor
When to Call
You know your baby better than anyone. If you think something is wrong or unusual, tell your baby’s doctor. That’s what they are there for.
Newborns spend up to 18 hours of the day sleeping. Your baby should wake up every two to four hours during the first two weeks of life. When they are awake, they should be alert and eat well.
Babies breathe differently than adults, faster, and with short pauses. If your baby feeds well, everything should be fine.
TIP FOR PARENTS
Always trust yourself and follow your instincts
For a baby, a fever is a temperature of 100.4ºF/38.0ºC or higher. A rectal thermometer is the most accurate in young babies, but if you don’t have one, you can use a thermometer that takes their temperature by ear, forehead, or armpit.
Runny noses are common as long as your baby is alert, feeding well, and has no fever. A few squirts of saline drops in the nose and a humidifier can help.
Vomiting is when your baby forcefully throws up and is not the same as spitting up. Spitting up is when clear/milk color comes out of your baby’s mouth, often with a burp, and is very common and normal in babies.
VIt is very normal for young babies to cry. Babies with colic cry more frequently, more intensely, and for longer periods of time.
JAUNDICE/HIGH BILIRUBIN LEVEL
VBabies may develop a common yellowish skin color, called jaundice. Every baby born in Chicago is given a bilirubin level test before going home. Jaundice usually goes away within two weeks, but babies with very high bilirubin levels will need treatment under special lights, called phototherapy.
Some babies poop multiple times a day, and others only poop once every few days. Both of these are normal, as long as your baby is alert and not uncomfortable. Any shade of green or yellow is normal color.
TIP FOR PARENTS
For a list of items that can help with common issues, see Bringing Baby Home.
Common Health Issues
Get answers to some of the most common questions you may have as a new parent.
Keeping Your Baby Safe
Learn about how to keep your baby safe around pets, in the car, and more.
Understand why babies cry, how you can soothe them, and when to call for extra help.