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Sick Baby or Child

Newborn: When to call

Call 911 anytime you think your baby may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • Your baby has blue lips.
  • Your baby is limp and floppy.
  • Your baby doesn't respond at all to being held, touched, or talked to.
  • Your baby is hard to wake up.
  • Your baby has severe trouble breathing. The nostrils flare and the belly moves in and out with every breath.

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your baby has a temperature over 100.4°F (38°C).
  • Your baby vomits repeatedly or has diarrhea.
  • Your baby's skin or whites of the eyes are getting more yellow.
  • Your baby seems too sleepy or sick.
  • Your baby has a new or worse rash.
  • Your baby isn't feeding well.
  • Your baby is making fewer wet diapers than expected.
  • Your baby cries in a strange way or for an unusually long time.
  • Your baby has trouble breathing. For example, breathing is faster than usual.

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