When do I take my newborn to the doctor?

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The last thing a mother wants is for her little one to get sick, but it happens. How do you know when a symptom indicates something serious? When is a cold cause for concern? Knowing when you should visit or call your healthcare provider is difficult, but there are some signs that will indicate that it’s time to seek medical attention.


Once your baby is a little older, a high fever will warrant a visit to your healthcare provider, but for babies younger than 3 months old, you should contact your healthcare provider for any fever, meaning anything over 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C).

To ensure that you’re getting the most accurate reading of your baby’s temperature, consider using Thermo from our partners at Withings. This thermometer has 16 infrared sensors that take 4,000 measurements in just two seconds, and you don’t even need to touch your baby to get the reading. Simply scan across the forehead, and Thermo will detect your child’s precise temperature.

Difficulty breathing

If your child is having difficulty breathing, it’s cause for concern. It could come from an illness or an obstruction interfering with their nasal passages or airway, and you should contact your healthcare provider. The same goes for severe coughing or wheezing.

Loss of appetite

This could be difficult to identify while your baby is young, but if your baby refuses several feedings in a row, it’s a sign that you should give your healthcare provider a call. If you’re not sure if they’re eating enough at feedings, you can check their diapers to see if there’s a noticeable difference in how much they’re pooping.

Changes in behavior

Things like changes in mood, headaches, and ear trouble are serious symptoms, but they can be hard to identify in a newborn. Tracking your baby’s behavior can be really helpful here. If you know what’s normal for your baby, you can better identify when something is wrong. A sleepy baby can be something totally normal, but if it’s out of the ordinary for your child, it could be a symptom.

Another benefit of the Thermo smart thermometer is that it comes with a companion app that allows you to track your baby’s health history. Thermo automatically syncs temperature readings to the app, and you can enter symptoms, medications, photos, and comments to keep a comprehensive health journal for your little one. Thermo then uses the information you’ve entered about fever history and symptoms to give fever advice.

Other symptoms

There are many other things that can indicate that it’s time to visit your healthcare provider, including dehydration, diarrhea, tenderness, vomiting, constipation, rash, and eye discharge.

To know when it’s time to take action, you can use Thermia, Thermo’s system for fever advice. A feature in the Thermo app, Thermia is provided by Boston Children’s Hospital to communicate educational information on proper fever medications and dosages in the app. If you do need to see your healthcare provider, you’ll have a complete record of your child’s health and symptoms to share with them.

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