Warning or “Alarm Signs” of Potentially Serious Problems – When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention

  • When a newborn baby is unwell, there are often warning signs. If your baby has any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention right away:
  • doesn’t pass a greenish-black stool within 36 hours after birth or if the stool color is white
  • skin or whites of the eyes appear to be turning yellow
  • vomits forcefully or more frequently than usual (more than just spitting up)
  • refuses feedings for more than 6 to 8 hours
  • has a fever before 6 weeks of age
  • has a persistent cough
  • is excessively or uncharacteristically fussy or irritable
  • is unusually lethargic or sleepy
  • has color changes in the lips or face
  • has bad diarrhea or unusually frequent and very watery stools
  • appears dehydrated
  • or has any other unusual symptoms

NOTE: If you’re ever worried about your baby’s health, never hesitate to consult a doctor or seek medical attention.

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Pediatrician DR.PAUL Roumeliotis is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The information provided above is designed to be an educational aid only. It is not intended to replace the advice and care of your child’s physician, nor is it intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. If you suspect that your child has a medical condition always consult a physician.