What constitutes a newborn emergency?

Some things which may not constitute an emergency in an older child are a cause for concern in a baby under 3 months of age. Please call us immediately if you feel there is any problem with your baby or if your baby has any of the following:

A rectal temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more or 98 degrees and below

A sudden decline in feeding pattern lasting over two consecutive feedings (6-8 hours)

Persistent crying lasting over one hour without interruption

Significant vomiting (not just spitting up) or spitting up green material

Diarrhea/frequent loose, watery stool

Jaundice/yellow color of the skin, eyes

Difficulty breathing

Unusual rash


Color changes


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