Babies are vulnerable to illness as their immune systems are not yet developed. Safety issues that are small risks for adults and older children can be a much bigger problem for babies.
Remember to trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right and you’re worried about your baby, there’s no harm in seeking medical help. You can contact your Maternal and Child Health nurse, family doctor, or the midwives at the unit your baby was born. Seek medical help as soon as possible if your baby:
- is not feeding correctly (consumes only a small amount during feeding or feeding not as often)
- has less than six wet nappies per day
- seems lethargic (inactive and slow) or
- has unusually pale or yellow skin.