Mom and Baby: Staying Healthy

Care for Your Baby, Care for Yourself

mom holding newbornBabies are often stronger than you might think, but health problems sometimes come up. Call your baby’s doctor if you see any of the signs below. Be sure to take care of your own health, too.

Call your baby’s doctor if your baby:

  • Has a temperature of 100.0°F or higher (taken under the baby’s arm)
  • Has fewer than six wet diapers in 24 hours
  • Has a yellow color to the skin or the whites of the eyes
  • Cries for a long time, or it sounds as if the cries are caused by pain
  • Has diarrhea
  • Refuses two feedings in a row
  • Doesn't move much, or seems to lack energy
  • Has pus, bleeding or a bad smell from their belly button

Call your own doctor if you have:

  • Burning or pain in your breast
  • Red streaks or hard lumpy areas in your breast
  • Cracks or blisters, or see blood on your nipples
  • A fever or chills
  • Extreme tiredness or body aches, as if you had the flu
  • Feelings of deep sadness or worry
  • Feelings that you don’t want to take care of or be with your baby
  • Feelings of being mad or like you want to hit your baby
  • Pain in or around your stomach that isn’t relieved with medicine
  • Vaginal discharge that has a bad odor
  • A temperature of 100.0°F or higher
  • Very bad headache
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding
  • Trouble keeping food down or eating food
  • Pain or burning when you pee
  • Redness or pain in your legs
  • Feeling like you want to hurt yourself

Mayer, Gloria, R.N., and Ann Kuklierus, R.N. What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick. La Habra, CA: Institute for Healthcare Advancement, 2011. Print.
Mayer, Gloria, R.N., and Ann Kuklierus, R.N. What to Do When You’re Having a Baby. La Habra, CA: Institute for Healthcare Advancement, 2011. Print.