Illness in baby

Baby’s illnesses can become serious very quickly. You know your baby best; do not wait too long if you are worried. Ask for help sooner rather than later. The following symptom checklist can help you decide whether you need to seek medical attention for your baby by contacting your midwife or doctor.

  • High pitched or weak cry
  • Passes much less urine
  • Much less responsive or floppy, difficult to wake
  • Has a bulging fontanelle (the soft part of the top of a baby’s head)
  • Pale all over
  • Is dehydrated
  • Grunts with each breath
  • Change in skin colour
  • Breathing faster than normal
  • High temperature
  • Not interested in feeding
  • Has blood in stools
  • Feeling cold

Urgent medical attention can be obtained by dialling 999 if your baby:

  • Has a fit or convulsion
  • Is unresponsive and shows no awareness of what is going on
  • Vomits green fluid
  • Has glazed eyes and does not focus on anything
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Cannot be woken
  • Stops breathing or goes blue