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Know When To Call Your Pediatrician

Newborn - 2 Months Old
Call your pediatrician's office any time your baby has a symptom that concerns you. In
addition, call if your baby experiences any of the following symptoms during the first two months:

  • Poor sucking or refusing to feed.
  • A change of behavior so that baby "just isn't right."
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • More than six to eight watery stools per day (breast-fed babies often have more loose stools than formula-fed babies; check with your physician for guidance).
  • Forceful vomiting, vomiting that lasts for 12 hours or more, or vomiting with fever or   diarrhea.
  • Baby becomes "floppy" and loses muscle tone.
  • Crying for an abnormally long time.
  • White patches in the mouth.
  • Redness or tenderness around the navel area.
  • Nose blocked with mucus so that baby can't breathe while feeding.

2 - 12 Months Old
Call your pediatrician's office if any of the following symptoms occur between 2 to 12 months:

  • Chills that make baby shake all over.
  • Extreme sleepiness, listlessness or unexplained lethargy.
  • Baby is unusually fussy or irritable.
  • Sudden weakness.
  • Pulling on the ear or fluid discharge from ear.
  • Red, swollen and/or watery eyes.
  • Vomiting for 12 hours or more, or vomiting with fever and/or diarrhea.
  • Refusing to eat.
  • Diarrhea streaked with blood or mucus, or persistent diarrhea with decreased wet diapers.
  • Sudden rash.

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