You probably already know that you should
call your Pediatrician if your baby has a fever. Seems lethargic, has trouble breathing
or vomits repeatedly. But sometimes, symptoms that can seem harmless can be serious. Call
your doctor right away if you notice one of these symptoms. If you see a soft bump in
the belly button area that gets noticeable when your baby cries, Or if he has a swollen
scrotum he may have a Hernia. Most eventually go away on their own, however if it is hard
or appears to cause pain, call immediately. An eyelid that is swollen with a fever, even
if the white of the eye isn’t red, swelling or redness around the eye can signal a more
serious infection called Orbital Cellulitis. Uncontrollable coughing is also worrisome.
If your baby is coughing so hard that he is weezing or can’t stop, alert your doctor.
Swollen eyes, hands or feet can be a sign of Sickle Cell Anemia, a genetic disorder
that causes babies to produce abnormal red blood cells. Signs don’t usually appear until
after four months. All babies should be screened for it in the hospital after delivery, so
every new moms should ask about her child’s results. Lastly, if your child has significant
changes in his diaper, call your doctor. Look for blood in the diaper. Poop that resembles
grape jelly is persistently watery or resembles hard little balls. Fuel wet diapers can also
signal dehydration. If you’re worried, it’s always better to call your doctor who can
advise you whether to wait or to get help right away.