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Let's Talk Babies!

New parents are often terrified that their little one will get sick and they won't know what to do.  They also are that familiar with what is "normal" for a baby and are often on the phone with their pediatrician's office on a very regular basis.  Don't worry, every new parent is the same way.  That little baby is the most precious thing in your world, you want to keep her safe, so your pediatrician will often say call away.

Here are a few things that should prompt an immediate call to your pediatrician.

  • If your baby isn't eating approximately eight times a day, or waking up at night to eat.
  • If your baby isn't urinating at least three to four times a day, or having a bowel movement at least once a day.
  • If your typically happy baby is extremely irritable or crying inconsolably, or is extremely and uncharacteristically lethargic.
  • If you baby is having a lot of trouble breathing (if her nostrils are flaring, she's making grunting noises or her chest is retracting (pulling in with each breath)).
  • If your baby has a 100.4 degree F temperature or higher when taken rectally.

There will be many times when you don't know if something is normal or OK so be sure to call your pediatrician when you feel the need.  Most pediatricians will be open to this and will have people on their staff that will be helpful and understanding.  If you don't feel your pediatrician is meeting your needs then change pediatricians.  

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