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After Delivery: When to Call the Health Care Provider

Health problems sometimes arise with you or your baby following delivery. Call your baby's healthcare provider or your healthcare provider if you see any of the signs below.  

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Watch your baby for these signs

Call your baby’s health care provider if your baby:

  • Has a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher

  • Has fewer than 6 wet diapers a day (Hint: Disposable diapers may feel heavy or hard after being soaked.)

  • Skin or whites of the eyes appear yellow

  • Cries for a long time, or if it sounds as if the cries are caused by pain

  • Has diarrhea

  • Refuses two feedings in a row

  • Is inactive or listless

  • Is vomiting

  • Has blood in the stool or vomit

  • Has a rash

  • Has ear drainage

  • Has difficulty breathing

  • Has a seizure

  • Will not wake up

Trust your instincts. If you are concerned about your baby, call your health care provider.

Watch your own health for these signs

Call your own health care provider if you have:

  • Burning or pain in your breasts

  • Red streaks or hard lumpy areas in your breasts

  • Problems with breast feeding

  • A fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher

  • Extreme tiredness or body aches, as if you have the flu

  • Feelings of extreme sadness or anxiety, or a feeling that you don’t want to be with your baby

  • Abdominal pain that isn’t relieved with medicine

  • Vaginal discharge that has a bad odor

  • Vaginal bleeding that soaks more than one pad per hour

  • If you had a cesarean section, call for concerns about your incision site such as pain, drainage or bleeding from your incision


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