Caring for Your Baby

Symptoms to report to your baby's doctor:

  • Blue or pale colored skin
  • Yellow skin or eyes
  • White patches in the baby's mouth
  • Loss of appetite or eating poorly
  • Less than 6 wet diapers per day or no stool in 48 hours
  • Umbilical cord has redness, drainage, or foul odor
  • Temperature of 100.4° or more
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Listlessness (lacks energy)
  • Excessive crying with no cause
  • Rash
  • Congested cough, runny eyes or nose

Taking your baby's temperature:

  • If taking your baby's temperature under the arm, remember to always add a degree.
  • If taking your baby's temperature rectally, remember to always subtract a degree. This is the preferred method if you are unsure the temperature reading was correct or if the temperature measured under the arm is above 100.4.

Taking your baby's temperature

Immunization schedule

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-combined-schedule-bw.pdf