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Is it common for babies to get sick when they are first born?

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Dr. Mika Hiramatsu
Pediatrics 32 years experience
No: It is uncommon for babies to get sick when they are first born. That's why if there is something wrong, for instance, fever, rash, vomiting, any baby less than a month old should be seen right away.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Define "sick": The average newborn has more immunity/pound than its mother and is designed to last a lifetime. That said, as many as 10% of newborns may have a transient need for close observation and or treatment in the hospital nursery or an NICU.Many of the reasons for these extra needs are not identified until the mother is in labor or the baby runs into some issues in the 1st 24hrs.

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