All babies get sick from time to time. But which situations require a doctor's help? These tips might help you decide when to pick up the phone.
No matter how careful you are, there may be a time when your baby is sick or injured. Any time things don't seem right with your baby, err on the side of caution and call your baby's doctor, says the American Academy of Family Physicians. Here are some specific symptoms that warrant a phone call:
Drop in temperature or fever over 100.4 degrees.
Breathing problems, including quick or uneven breathing.
Blood in the baby's vomit or stool.
Unable to keep fluids down without vomiting.
Any sign of infection.
Any sign of dehydration. For example: dry mouth, crying without tears, urinating less, sunken eyes or a sunken soft spot on the head.
Diarrhea that occurs more than eight times in eight hours.