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Postnatal: When to Call the Doctor

Health problems sometimes arise with you or your baby following delivery. Call your health care provider or your baby's health care provider if you see any of the signs below. Call your baby’s health care 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 diapers a day (Hint: Disposable diapers may feel heavy or hard after being soaked.)

  • Has a yellow color seen on the skin or the whites of the eyes

  • 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

Watch Your Own Health for These Signs

Call your own health care provider if you have:

  • Burning or pain in your breast

  • Red streaks or hard lumpy areas in your breast

  • Cracks or blisters, or see blood on your nipples

  • 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

 

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