|Health issues in your newborn baby||453.000000000000||Health issues in your newborn baby||Health issues in your newborn baby||H||English||Neonatology||Newborn (0-28 days)||Body||NA||Conditions and diseases||Adult (19+)||NA||2019-01-07T05:00:00Z||Hazel Pleasants, RN, MNAndrew James, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPC||9.10000000000000||61.9000000000000||429.000000000000||Flat Content||Health A-Z||<p>Read about various health issues that may arise in your newborn baby, such as skin conditions, jaundice, fever and feeding difficulties.<br></p>||<p>Newborn babies keep their parents on their toes! Common health concerns in newborn babies include <a href="/Article?contentid=455&language=English&hub=YourNewborn">skin conditions</a>, <a href="/Article?contentid=775&language=English">jaundice</a>, <a href="/Article?contentid=30&language=English&hub=YourNewborn">fever</a> and <a href="/Article?contentid=439&language=English&hub=YourNewborn">feeding</a>.</p>||<h2>Key points</h2>
<ul><li>Health issues that you may experience with your newborn include skin conditions, jaundice, feeding and fever.<br></li></ul>||<h3>Skin conditions</h3><p>Babies can develop many types of skin conditions shortly after they are born. A lot of these conditions last only a short time and will go away. Others, however, are
<a href="/Article?contentid=455&language=English&hub=YourNewborn">birthmarks</a> that may not be visible at birth but will stay with babies throughout their lives.<br></p><h3>Jaundice</h3><p>Jaundice, yellowing of the skin and eyes, in newborns is very common and affects the majority of babies. In some babies, the jaundice goes away on its own, and other babies require treatment in hospital. You should see your baby’s health-care provider if your baby appears more jaundiced, is not feeding well or is showing signs of dehydration, such as fewer wet diapers.</p><h3>Fever</h3><p>In newborn babies,
<a href="/Article?contentid=30&language=English">fever</a> may be the first and only sign of a serious infection. Another sign of illness in babies is a change in behaviour. If your newborn baby is ill, they may cry more or become sleepy or listless. All babies less than one month of age should be taken to hospital right away with a fever or any concerns of infection.</p><h3>Feeding</h3><p>Your newborn baby may feed frequently, every one-and-a-half to three hours for the first few days, to stimulate your breasts to produce more milk volume. It will take three to four weeks to become well established with feeding patterns and to feel that you have some sense of schedule with your baby. You will know that your baby is getting enough milk in the first two weeks if they pass a minimum of two substantial, yellowish bowel movements and soak six or more diapers per day after your milk has come in. It is expected that your baby will lose some weight after birth, and they should be back to their birthweight by about 10–14 days.</p><p>Many babies are prone to
<a href="/Article?contentid=457&language=English">spitting up</a> some of their feed during or shortly after a feeding. Spit-up effortlessly rolls out of the baby’s mouth, sometimes with a burp.
<a href="/Article?contentid=746&language=English">Vomiting</a> is more forceful than spitting up, and it involves more than just a couple of tablespoons of stomach contents. If the vomit is consistently very forceful or contains dark green material, take your baby to the hospital.<br></p>||https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/health_issues_in_your_newborn_baby.jpg||Health issues in your newborn baby||False|