When to call


Call 911 now when you  newborn has the following signs

  • Can’t  wake up
  • Not moving or very weak
  • Bluish or gray lips, tongue or  face
  • New grunting noise with each breath
  • You think your child has a life threatening emergency


Go to the ER now when your newborn has the following 

  • Decreased movement
  •  Vomiting green ( bile)
  • Change in muscle tone ( Decreased or floppy )
  • Cant suck for a long time or weak sucking
  • Change in cry such as weak or strange cry

Call your doctor now when your newborn is experiencing these symptoms 

  • Sweating during feeding
  • Sleeping more than normal
  • Changes in color such as pale, bluish or grey arms and legs
  • Changes in feeding such having to wake the baby up for feeding or cant finish feeding
  • Any symptoms of illness  such as coughing , diarrhea or vomiting
  • Low temperature below 96.8° F (36.0° C) rectally that does not go up with warming
  • Age less than 12 weeks old with fever. Caution: do NOT give your baby any fever medicine before being seen.
  • You think your child needs to be seen by the doctor

Contact your doctor within 24 hours when your newborn has the following symptoms

  • Color of urine is pink, orange or peach
  • You think your child needs to be seen  but the problem is not urgent because the child does not have any of the urgent symptoms mentioned above
  • You have questions or concerns


Content Sources

Newborn Illness – How to Recognize. American Academy of Pediatrics. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/symptom-checker/Pages/symptomviewer.aspx?symptom=Newborn+Illness+-+How+to+Recognize. Accessed January 16th, 2021

When Should I Call My Newborn’s Doctor? https://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/when-call-newborns-doctor#1 . Accessed January 16th, 2021

14 Reasons to Call Your Newborn’s Doctor. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.https://blog.cincinnatichildrens.org/healthy-living/14-reasons-to-call-your-newborns-doctor. Accessed January 16th, 2021

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