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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.  

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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

  • Has diarrhea

  • Refuses 2 feedings in a row

  • Is inactive or listless

  • Is vomiting

  • 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

  • Seizures

  • Severe headache

  • 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.

Date Last Reviewed: 10/1/2019
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