The most common questions we get involve these topics:
If your baby's temperature is 100.4 degrees F or higher call our office.
**Rectal Temperatures are the most accurate**
FEEDING & BOWEL MOVEMENTS
Newborn infants should eat about 2 oz. every 2-3 hours or at least 8 times every 24 hours. They should have on average, about 8-10 soiled diapers per day if they're getting enough milk. Stools will be black and sticky for the first few days then will change to dark green/yellow. **Your baby may or may not have a BM every day. Call us if baby's stools are hard pellet-like, has an odd color, or is watery and stringy/mucus filled and green in color after the first five days.
Dry, cracked skin is very common with newborns. As new skin cells grow, this cracking and dryness will go away. If the rash is located in the diaper area, you may apply a little Desitin, or Aquaphor to the affected area. Call us if your baby has severe diaper rash that will not go away or for any rash with blisters that break, leave a scab, or spread.
The umbilical cord will usually take 1-3 weeks to fall off. DO NOT PULL IT OFF! It will fall off on its own. Call us if: the area is red, swelling and warm to the touch, if it has a foul odor, drainage or is bleeding.