When Should I Call My Doctor?

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Persistent vomiting is usually considered more than three times, or for more than 8 hours. If your baby has diarrhea for more than 24 hours, you should call the doctor, or go to see the doctor.

Babies cannot tell their parents if something hurts, or if they feel sick. They can cry, and parents need to learn the different kinds of crying they hear from their babies. A baby may be crying because she is hungry, her diaper needs changing, or she wants attention. This crying will stop when the parent feeds, changes, and/or comforts the baby. A crying baby that cannot be comforted or soothed may need to see the doctor.

As a parent, you should never be afraid to call your doctor, or try and get help if you think there is something wrong with your baby. If he has any kind of injury, symptoms of illness (including fever), won’t eat, or is acting in a manner that alarms you, you should call the doctor. Some things are obvious emergencies, such as a serious cut, burn, or accident. If your baby appears to be having a seizure, will not wake up, or has a high fever, these are also emergencies.

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Sometimes, though, the signs of significant injury after, for example, hitting her head, may not be that obvious. Serious symptoms of illness may also not be clear in a baby.

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3 comments

  1. Melody says:

    Good information! thanks!

  2. Janice says:

    I did not take chances, I took my children to the emergency room, if I did not like the situation. I would also take my children if I did not think waiting for an appointment with the doctor was best.

  3. Angela says:

    Great article. Thanks for the tips.

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