Week 2

When to call the doctor

Even experienced parents might have an “Is this normal?” adjustment period to their new baby and question whether or not something needs medical attention. If you see any of the following, give your doctor a call:

  • Blue lips – Call 911 immediately
  • Blue, yellow or pale skin
  • Yellow eyes
  • Patches of white in the baby’s mouth, which is most likely a contagious fungal infection called thrush
  • A red, oozing or smelly umbilical cord
  • A temperature of 100 degrees or more
  • No stool for 48 hours
  • Less than six wet diapers a day
  • Frequent bowel movements, especially with liquid or mucus
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Several refusals to eat in a row
  • Excessive sleepiness or any other drastic behavioral change

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3 thoughts on “Caring for Your Newborn: A complete guide to the second week with your new baby

  1. Nichole Chester says:

    I notice they didn’t mention much about breast feeding. You may want to bring a pump (I have a single one that I pack) nursing pads, and nipple cream. I keep one tube of nipple cream in the bag, along with a handful of nursing pads to be on the safe side. If you are traveling… You may also want to use storage bags for milk and keep an electric bottle warmer in the car (for those times you want a break and others to feed the baby)

  2. Mrs. Kate says:

    Great post and you share good guiding tips of newborn baby care.

  3. Alexis says:

    I take issue with the point about immunizations where ou recommend “know both sides of the story” then recommend reading the literature. If you read the studies, there is only one side to the story, and that is that immunization provides the best protection against life threatening illness and is one of the major success stories of modern medicine. The SINGLE study that link immunizations to autism has since been retracted and the author admitted to fraud and falsifying results.
    This is like recommending that people know both sides of the story as to whether or not the world is round.

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