| When to Call Your Health Care Provider
For New Mothers
After the birth of your baby, please call your provider if you have:
- A temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or flu-like symptoms
- Any reddened, warm or tender areas in your breasts, incision or legs. Do not rub any of these areas, as they may indicate a blood clot or infection
- A foul smelling discharge from your vagina or incision
- Burning, urgency, difficulty or pain in passing urine or with bowel movements
- Passing clots or soaking a sanitary pad within one hour, not relieved by rest
- A feeling of depression for more than two weeks after the birth of your baby
- Any other questions or concerns
Be sure to call your provider before taking any medications other than those prescribed.
For New Baby
After the birth of your baby, please call your provider if your baby has:
- Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
- Forceful vomiting of stomach contents. Vomiting is different than spitting up. It is normal for babies to spit up a small amount of some of their feedings.
- Refusal to eat for two or three feedings
- Inconsolable crying for more than two consecutive hours
- Listless behavior
- Drainage from the eyes, skin around the umbilical cord, circumcision, skin rashes or lesions
- Bleeding of more than a few drops at the umbilical cord site or from a healing circumcision
- Jaundice, which progresses downward on the baby’s body. Call about increasing yellow skin discoloration.
- Frequent liquid stools that contain mucus or blood. Remember, it is normal for breastfed babies to have frequent loose stools.
- Dry, hard, pebbly stools. The frequency of stooling is not an indicator of constipation, but excessive straining while passing hard stools is.
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