There is no manual showing new parents how to handle or care for newborn babies. A newborn baby can’t say when unwell. Some dads and moms are left wondering and scrambling whether every symptom or cry is a reason to call a pediatrician.
What’s more, the internet is awash with parenting advice. Nevertheless, parents shouldn’t feel guilty for calling a pediatrician if they think something is not okay with the baby.
A Pediatrician Can Help You Determine Whether a Newborn Baby is Sick
During a child’s first year, most parents make several trips to their pediatrician’s office. Some of these visits are part of the routine. However, some instances necessitate immediate pediatrician’s attention. Therefore, find out about the on-call hours and office hours of your pediatrician before delivering your baby. Also, know how your pediatrician wants you to deal with emergencies. That way, you can easily manage issues that may arise when raising your baby.
When you visit your pediatrician, ask about minor problems like occasional diarrhea, fussiness, and a small cough. Such issues can wait for the regular pediatrician’s office hours. However, if the baby acts unusual, you should call your pediatrician right away.
You must get medical advice because vomiting and diarrhea could seem simple and eventually become a dangerous condition. Before you call the pediatrician, have a pen and paper to jot down their instructions.
Here is the information to have on hand when calling the pediatrician:
- The immunization records of your baby
- Doses and names of the medications you’ve given your baby, whether over-the-counter or prescription
- Your baby’s temperature
- The medical problems or symptoms your baby is showing
Such information can help your pediatrician determine whether your baby needs immediate attention. If it’s an emergency, the pediatrician will advise you to visit their office immediately. But if it’s not something serious, they will ask you to book an appointment.