Going to visit your doctor will become a regular trip when you have a baby. You’ll most likely be popping in to your doctor’s surgery a lot over the next few years! One of the main reasons for this is because your baby’s immune system is weaker so they’re more at risk of minor illnesses like colds and stomach upsets. Babies can sometimes suddenly get worse when they’re ill which is why it’s important to take her to the doctor as soon as possible.
It’s important to see your doctor if your baby develops the following:
- 1) Diarrhoea for over 12 hours.
- 2) A fever- if your baby has a fever of 38 degrees or higher and is under 3 months, or 39 degrees or higher and is 3 months plus, take her to the doctor.
- 3) Vomiting repeatedly or vomiting for 12 hours or more.
- 4) Gets a burn larger than a 50p coin- especially is her skin is blistering.
- 5) Crying non-stop- as her mum, you know your baby’s crying pattern better than anyone else. If there are changes to this pattern (high pitched crying, moaning, crying more than usual) take her to the doctor.
- 6) A rash that suddenly appears, particularly if she has a fever.
- 7) Blood in her vomit or faeces- this often isn’t serious but you should still take her to the doctor to check.
- 8) A loud cough with a rasping sound when she breathes in. This could be a common childhood virus, croup, which is quite rare nowadays due to the Hib vaccination, but still needs to be checked by your doctor.
- 9) She refuses drink for 8 hours or more, or if she has had less than half of what she norally drinks over the past 24 hours.
- 10) Irritability and moodiness for no reason in the last 24 hours.
- 11) Pink, watery or sticky eyes- this could be an eye infection and needs to be treated as soon as possible.
- 12) Discharge from her eyes, ears, navel or genitals over the last 24 hours.
- 13) Sunken fontanelles (the soft spots on your baby’s head) and dry lips, dark yellow urine, and fewer wet nappies are all signs of dehydration and require a doctors attention.
Of course, if your baby is so ill that you think she needs urgent medical assistance, call 999 for an ambulance.