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 a baby are normal situations or problems with simple answers.

If the following symptoms of illness occur, a call to your baby’s healthcare provider 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 refusing 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 to 8 hours of circumcision.
  • Temperature of 100.4°F or more.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • 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, mucus or foul odor.
  • Experiences drastic behavior changes such as increased irritability, excessive crying without a cause, extreme sleepiness or floppy arms and legs.
  • Congested cough, running eyes or running nose.

If you are breastfeeding, call your lactation consultant or healthcare provider if you observe the following:

  • If your baby is not effectively nursing at least 8 to 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 to 4 times a day once your milk is in greater supply.
  • If the baby refuses to eat for 6 to 8 hours.