Sometimes, you need to call the doctor or get help right away:

This is a short list of when to call the doctor or get help right away.

Your child has trouble breathing.
Bleeding that will not stop.
Any injury that you think can lead to your child’s death.
Blood in your child’s urine or bowel movement.
Coughing up or throwing up blood.
Diarrhea and no urine for 6 hours.
The soft spot on your baby’s head is bulging or sunken.
Pain in the ear or liquid, pus, or blood coming out of your child’s ear.
Your child has a hard time swallowing or won’t eat.
Your child has both a fever and a stiff neck.
Fever of 100.2 degrees F (rectal), if your baby is younger than 2 months old.
Fever of 101 degrees F (rectal), if your baby is between 2 and 6 months old.
Fever of 103 degrees F (rectal), if your baby is between 6 months and 2 years old.

 

Also, see information in the book
What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick by Gloria Mayer, R.N. and Ann Kuklierus, R.N.
which is given to all families of newborns in Fremont County, CO.
Used with permission
© 2012 Institute for Healthcare Advancement