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When to take Your Baby to the Doctor

When to take Your Baby to the Doctor

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Babies often fall sick; however, every time it may not be serious and does not require visit to your child’s doctor. It is important that you know the warning signs of serious illness so that you can take your baby to the doctor well in time.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

When should you take your baby to the doctor?

Visit your child’s doctor immediately if you observe any of the following signs and symptoms in your child:

ISave emergency numbers in your mobile phone whenever you are going out with your child. You can call 102 to get an ambulance service anywhere in India.

  • Has blood in vomit or stool.
  • Breathing trouble or blue tint around lips, nose, finger nails or skin.
  • Waking him or her is hard or your baby seems unusually tired.
  • Bleeding has not stopped after an injury.
  • Skin or eyes are yellowish in colour.
  • Has a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher for babies younger than 3 months old. For older child a temperature of higher than
    102.2°F (39°C) requires immediate medical attention.

Routine care

Other less emergency situations that still needs to be brought to the doctor’s notice or can be discussed during regular checkups is:

  • Baby showing change in his or her appetite.
  • Crying regularly or is irritable.
  • Diarrhea - Baby’s stools are especially loose and watery for 6 to 8 diapers changes.
  • Constipation- fewer bowel movements than usual.
  • Vomiting- Vomits more than two to three times a day. Occasional spit up is normal.
  • Cold - that doesn’t improve or gets worse after a few days
  • Rash - Has a rash or is paler than usual.
  • Dehydration- Shows signs of dehydration like have fewer than six wet diapers in 24 hours or sunken eyes or lack of tears when crying.
  • Ear trouble- Fluids are draining from his or her ears.
  • Navel or penis is tender - See if your baby’s umbilical area or penis shows any redness, bleeding or pus.
  • Not active than usual.

When in doubt do trust your instinct. Never hesitate to visit your child’s doctor as often as you need to make sure your baby is safe and healthy.

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