When to Call a Doctor
Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if:
- You are afraid that you are about to harm your baby and you cannot find someone to help you.
- Your baby has been Reference shaken Opens New Window, has a change in his or her Reference level of consciousness Opens New Window, or has signs of Reference severe difficulty breathing Opens New Window.
Call your doctor immediately if your baby:
- Cries in a peculiar manner or for a very unusual length of time.
- Has not been diagnosed with colic but cries excessively and also has symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or blood or mucus in the stool.
Call your doctor and schedule an appointment if:
- Your baby is not gaining weight.
- Your baby has no symptoms other than crying, but you want to check for health problems that may be related.
- Your baby seems to be acting odd, and you can't identify exactly what concerns you.
- You have tried comfort measures repeatedly and have not been able to console your baby.
Also, think about your own health and well-being. Call your doctor if you:
- Frequently feel Reference anxious Opens New Window or think you may be Reference depressed Opens New Window.
- Feel that you are not able to nurture or emotionally connect with your newborn.
Who to see
The following health professionals can examine your baby and diagnose colic or other conditions that may be related to excessive crying. They can also help you handle the common frustrations of having a colicky baby.
- Reference Pediatrician Opens New Window
- Reference Family medicine doctor Opens New Window
- Reference Nurse practitioner Opens New Window
- Reference Physician assistant Opens New Window
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 10, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics