When you have a newborn, it can feel like you're constantly learning and wondering what's normal and what's not. When in doubt, it is usually best to err on the side of caution and contact your baby's doctor about any behaviors you find odd. However, it is also helpful to have some sort of guide or starting point as to what is normal. If your newborn shows any of the following symptoms or behaviors, you should take them to their doctor.
Your baby's cry seems different than usual
It does not take long to learn what your baby's typical cry sounds like. If their cry suddenly starts to sound different, this could be a sign that they are ill or that something is wrong. Babies' cries do not usually change for no reason at all. If your baby's cry becomes higher-pitched, louder than usual, softer than usual, or overly throaty, contact their doctor.
Your baby's skin or eyes look yellow
Sometimes babies' skin and eyes turn yellow a few days after they are born. This is caused by jaundice, which is a buildup of certain waste products in the body due to a lack of liver function. This is quite common in babies, and most babies recover just fine. However, your baby should see their doctor to determine why their liver function is slow and to make sure nothing more sinister is going on.
Your baby isn't eating, and it has been more than a couple of hours
If your baby refuses to eat, it could just be because their stomach is a little upset. Burp them, give them a little time, and see if they are then more interested in eating. If they are not interested in eating and their disinterest in eating lasts more than a few hours, take them to the doctor. Many different illnesses and conditions can lead to a loss of appetite, and you need a doctor to diagnose and address whatever is wrong.
Your baby has blood or mucous in their stool
Keep an eye on your baby's diapers. If they ever have blood in their stool or mucous in their stool, take them to the doctor. These are not always signs of something serious, but they can be, so you always want to let the doctor make that determination.
Keep these signs in mind, and if you notice them, take your baby to the doctor. Reach out to a local baby doctor to learn more.Share