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After Delivery: When to Call the Healthcare Provider
Health problems sometimes arise with you or your baby after delivery. Call your baby's healthcare provider or your healthcare provider if you see any of the signs below.
Watch your baby for these signs
Call your baby’s healthcare provider if your baby:
Has a rectal or forehead (temporal artery) temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by the provider
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 look yellow
Has blue lips, tongue, or mouth
Has skin that is pale, grayish, or bluish
Cries for a long time, or if it sounds as if the cries are caused by pain
Refuses 2 feedings in a row
Is inactive or listless
Has blood in the stool or vomit
Has a rash
Has ear drainage
Has trouble breathing
Has a seizure
Will not wake up
Has redness, swelling, or pus at the umbilical cord
Has a circumcision that does not seem to be getting better every day
Trust your instincts. Call your baby's healthcare provider if you are concerned about your baby.
Watch your own health for these signs
Call your own healthcare provider if you have:
Burning or pain in your breasts
Red streaks or hard lumpy areas in your breasts
Problems with breastfeeding
A fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider
Extreme tiredness or body aches, as if you have the flu
Feelings of very sad or anxious. Or feeling that you don’t want to be with your baby.
Belly (abdominal) pain that isn’t eased with medicine
Vaginal discharge that has a bad odor
Vaginal bleeding that soaks more than one pad per hour
Swelling in your face or limbs
If you had a cesarean section, call for concerns about your incision site. This includes pain, drainage, or bleeding from your incision.
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