When to Call a Doctor
Call a doctor if your baby:
- Is not growing and gaining weight as expected. About a 2 lb (1 kg) weight gain per month is usually expected for the first few months after birth.
- Is constipated or if his or her stools are hard and/or dry.
- Is vomiting forcefully and seems to be uncomfortable. When vomiting occurs, all or most of a feeding is thrown up.
- Has diarrhea or skin rash or is vomiting or crying inconsolably. Your baby may have developed a Reference cow's milk intolerance or Reference food allergy Opens New Window.
- Has gas, bloating, cramps, and/or diarrhea after drinking milk or eating dairy products. Your baby may have Reference lactose intolerance Opens New Window.
- Has dark areas on his or her teeth or other signs of Reference tooth decay Opens New Window.
Who to see
For routine medical checkups or problems related to your baby's health, the following health professionals can help:
- Reference Pediatrician Opens New Window
- Pediatric Reference nurse practitioner Opens New Window
- Reference Family medicine physician Opens New Window
- Reference Physician assistant Opens New Window
For preventive dental care and problems with your child's teeth, see a Reference dentist Opens New Window. Pediatric dentists specialize in the care and problems of children's teeth.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 7, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics