Childr Health Information

Calling the Doctor

Print this page Bookmark and Share

Topic: Infant Health Care, General Child Health

This handout was written to answer your questions about when to call your baby’s doctor. Please feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.

When should I call my baby's doctor?
Your baby’s doctor is a person who will always be concerned and available to answer questions for you. Do not hesitate to call him or her when you feel there might be something wrong with your baby.

Call your pediatrician if your baby:

  • has a fever that does not go down with Tylenol® or Motrin®. Check your baby’s temperature before you call the doctor. Write it down and tell your doctor how it was taken (example: by mouth, by rectum, under the arm, in the ear or on the forehead)
  • has a rash, especially if there is also a fever
  • is less active or is fussy
  • will not eat
  • vomiting (not including gastroesophageal reflux) and diarrhea that lasts more than a few hours
  • has a cough or wheeze
  • has a runny nose or cold lasting longer than two weeks
  • has eye drainage
  • has watery, frequent stools or blood in stools
  • has pink or cloudy urine
  • has less than eight to 10 wet diapers per day
  • has convulsions (seizures)
  • looks or acts sick

Call your pediatrician immediately if your baby:

  • has a high fever (fever higher than 101°F)
  • has blood in the urine
  • has bloody diarrhea

Call 911 if your baby has:

  • bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • poisoning
  • seizures
  • any trouble breathing

PDF: Child Health Information - CALLING THE DOCTOR

Derechos de autor(c) de The Children's Medical Center, ano 1999. Este material unicamente tiene fines educativos. No puede ser reproducido, distribuido ni modificado sin previa autorizacion de The Children's Medical Center of Dayton, One Children's Plaza, Dayton, Ohio, 45404-1815. Llame al 937-641-3666 para solicitar autorizacion o para obtener un juego maestro para copias. Para obtener mas informacion puede visitar (consulte la seccion de informacion legal).

La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006


Sign up for Pediatric Link

Finding the latest trusted child health and safety information doesn't have to be hard. Pediatric Link, Dayton Children's e-newsletter offers timely and up-to-date information for health care professionals from the experts you trust at Dayton Children's.  Sign up

Upcoming Events

Dayton Children’s cordially invites you to attend our upcoming state-wide pediatric trauma symposium. The symposium will be held at the Wyndham Hotel, Miamisburg, OH on April 25, 2014.

Get your family started on a healthy lifestyle

Join the Beavercreek TWIG groups 11, 17, and 22 for the annual spring luncheon, Run for the Roses, on April 26, 2014 at the Beavercreek Golf Club.

View full event calendarView full event calendar

The Right Experts

Just right for all kids


The Children's Medical Center of Dayton Dayton Children's
The Right Care for the Right Reasons

One Children's Plaza - Dayton, Ohio - 45404-1815