When To Call The Doctor For A Sick Baby

It is sometimes difficult to know exactly when to call the doctor if your baby seems sick or even when to seek emergency care. Babies cannot tell us when something hurts. However, we can give you an idea on when to call the doctor or when to seek emergency care if you have a sick baby.

Signs that may require a call to your doctor

  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in mood
  • Changes in skin colour
  • Tender navel or penis
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Constipation
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Ear pain
  • Rash
  • Eye discharge
  • Minor injuries

Signs that require emergency care

  • Bleeding that can’t be stopped
  • Poisoning
  • Seizures
  • Trouble breathing
  • High fever
  • Head injuries
  • Sudden lethargy or inability to move
  • Choking
  • Unresponsiveness


Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use the information in this article to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your paediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child?s condition.

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