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It's always alarming when your baby is unwell, especially if they are really tiny, but what signs should you look out for to determine whether calling the doctor is the right course of action?
Every baby is different and responds differently. For brand new parents it hard to know what is normal and what is not... here are some signs to look out for which might indicate you baby needs medical help. But remember, a baby's state can deteriorate quickly, so if you are concerned in any way, don't hang around, call for medical advice immediately if your baby or child...
- Is unresponsive: you know what they are normally like, so if they seem unresponsive to a favourite game or toy then they may be ill.
- Has a persistent high temperature: if they seem warm and the temperature won't reduce despite cooling them.
- Refuses feeds: if your baby is still feeding and refuses one feed and then refuses a second feed.
- Vomits: if they vomit up their feed twice in a row or the vomit seems discoloured in any way (ie is greenish or has blood in it).
- Has diarrhoea; if it is blood stained or persistent.
- Shows signs of lethargy: very tired all the time and weary.
- Has a rash: any kind of rash.
- Is irritable or restless: if they won't settle or relax or sleep.
- Has breathing difficulty: if they are struggling to breathe or are breathing in an unusual way.
- Is coughing: unusual or painful coughing
- Has a bulging fontanelle: if there is a bulge at the forehead.
You know your baby best. If in doubt, call the doctor or NHS Direct!