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  King Edward’s Medical Centre
  King Edward’s Road, Barking,
Essex IG11 7TB
Telephone: 020-8594-2988
Fax: 020-8594-2184

How to spot an ill baby?

Generally parents are very good when spotting that there baby is ill. Here are some handy tips to help you in this process. You should call for urgent medical attention or cal a balance (dial 999) when your baby is:

•  Not breathing, or is unconscious ( cannot be woken up).
•  Breathless, or is breathing much faster than usual.
•  Is looking very pale, or their skin is blue or dusky around the lips.
•  Is having a convulsion (fit).
•  Feels floppy or limp (perhaps when cuddled), or
•  The soft spot (fontanelle) on your baby’s head is tense or bulging.

If you notice any of the following in your baby, call NHS Direct on 0845 4647. Or the surgery.

  1. Your baby is drooling excessively instead of swallowing their own saliva.
  2. Your baby's skin looks bruised or discolored.
  3. When awake, your baby seems unusually drowsy or not interested in looking at you.
  4. Your baby's cry seems different (perhaps moaning, whimpering or high-pitched), and soothing doesn't help.
  5. Your baby is not interested in feeding.
  6. Your baby is not responding to you normally.
  7. Your baby appears to have severe leg pain or tenderness.
  8. Your baby is developing a rash.
  9. Your baby seems irritable and does not like being touched.
  10. Your baby has cold hands or feet and a fever (a temperature over 38C or 100.4F).
  11. Your baby has a fever (a high temperature that is over 38C or 100.4F) or is flushed, hot and sweaty.
  12. Your baby is not wetting or soiling his/her nappies as normal.
  13. Your baby is projectile vomiting. Projectile vomiting is when a baby brings up the contents of their stomach with such force that the vomit covers a distance of several feet.
  14. Your baby starts vomiting. Vomiting is different from the small amount of milk that most babiesbring up after feeding (known as possetting) - vomiting normally happens a while after feeding, the quantity of milk is larger, and the milk may be curdled and smell nasty.

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