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how do i kniw if my newborn is sick ?

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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Cries a lot: Your baby will cry a lot, fussy restless , wanting to be held all the time.Sleeping a lot, may or may not have a fever, not eating or throwing up, irritable and unconsolable.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Fever, fussy: A newborn baby may have a fever (temp of 100.4 or higher) as a sign of illness. Irritability, poor feeding, poor sleep, or even lethargy could be a symptom. Severe cough or labored breathing could be due to a respiratory infection. Vomiting or diarrhea may be a sign of a gastrointestinal infection or food allergy. When in doubt, it's best to call your doctor if your baby is not acting him/herself.

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Should I let friends and family hold my newborn?

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Dr. David Reddell
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Cleaning hands before holding a baby is always a good idea. If someone has a cough, they should also use a mask. Young children should be closely supervised while holding the baby.
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How do I know if my newborn is eating enough?

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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Weight gain: Your baby may not eat too much the first few days. Babies are not often born with huge appetites. Your baby will lose weight initially but regain the birthweight by 7-10 days. You will know if your baby is eating enough if he/she is gaining weight. Babies gain 2/3 to 1 ounce per day.
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Is it safe to take my newborn into public?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: But avoid crowded public places, especially during the cold/flu season in your area.
A member asked:

Can I take my newborn into public?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Yes: However: newborns are very vulnerable to infections especially in the first 2 months of life until they begin to form their own immune system to fight infections. You do have to take you newborn into public just to get home from the hospital. Limit exposure to crowds; avoid people or other children who are sick.
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My newborn hasn't pooped at all today. What should I do?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Usually normal but..: Poops can happen after every feeding, but they can also happen every few days (up to 10 in a breast fed child), and frequency can change at random. The child's mood, appetite, weight gain, urine output, and other factors are more important than poop frequency in determining the level of concern.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
WHOA! If your newborn < 2 weeks is not pooping at least 4-6 poops there- there is a possibility that there is insufficient milk transfer. Long times between poops is okay in OLDER infants not in the young ones. This is a red flag that mom and baby need a lactation consult to support the breastfeeding process.
Aug 10, 2013
Dr. Sathish Adigopula
Pediatrics 20 years experience
On monitor feeding please keep an eye on the urine output and not the poop output. If the baby is peeing once every 4-6 hours he/she is hydrated. If not peeing for more than 6 hours she probably is not getting enlighten feeds. About not pooping - if the baby is comfortable some babies poop every other day and it is ok.
Sep 5, 2013
Dr. Martin Ganek
Pediatrics 50 years experience
If the newborn is feeding well and having good urine output, the number of stools is not important. If the baby is struggling to produce a stool that is a different story, and you should consult your pediatrician.
Sep 14, 2013

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