Sick baby care
When your baby is not feeling well
Just like you, your baby can catch a cold or the flu, get a rash or have a fever. For many babies, the first year also brings one or more ear infections. He may need medicine to help him feel better. Or he may need special care for things like seizures or breathing problems. If you have any questions about your baby's health, call his health care provider. Most babies are just fine once they get the medicine and treatment they need.
It's a great idea to have medical supplies for your baby at home. Keep these things handy: a rectal digital thermometer, saline drops and a suction bulb for a stuffy nose and ointment to prevent diaper rash.
If you're sick yourself, do your best to keep your baby from getting sick, too. Ask your partner or a family member to take care of the baby until you’re better. You can probably still breastfeed, though! Talk to your provider about how to continue breastfeeding while you're sick. Follow your provider's advice on how to get well soon.
Call your doctor now if your baby...
- Has a temperature above 100.4 F
- Has trouble breathing or is hard to waken
- Has blood in her vomit or stool
- Has yellowish skin or eyes
- Is having a seizure