When you have a baby, illnesses, and other health issues can be unsettling. Personally, I suggest that you breathe and...
When you have a baby, illnesses, and other health issues can be unsettling. Personally, I suggest that you breathe and stay calm when your baby gets sick. Illnesses are par for the course during early childhood and most aren't going to be serious. That said, there are times you'll need to call the pediatrician right away. Here are five times you SHOULD call either your baby's pediatrician or the local hospital - if calling is not an option, get to a medical care center stat... Fever in a very young baby. Typically a fever of 100.4 or higher in a baby who is two months old or younger is considered a high fever. Make sure you know the signs of a fever, because babies often won't feel as warm as an older child or adult with a fever. Constant vomiting. This is bad because it can very quickly lead to dehydration. Another related time to call is if your child throws up what appears to be blood. Purple poop. PURPLE! I know. Ick. However, purple poop that resembles jelly can be a sign of a rare but very serious illness - intussusception. Belly pain that lasts longer than two hours. Abdominal pain that's ongoing can be a sign of appendicitis - this is very rare in young babies, but possible. Unconsciousness. If your baby hits his head and is knocked out, you need to call 911. If your baby hits his head and has one of these issues after the fall - vomiting, fluid running from his nose, or seems disoriented, call the doctor. BONUS: Learn how to get your baby a pediatrician’s appointment right now.

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