Common health problems in the first few weeks

​​Rash​es

Rashes are common among newborns, and can range from a nappy rash to eczema. The majority of rashes are harmless, but to be safe, check in with your Maternal and Child Health nurse or family doctor if your baby has a rash.

Weight l​oss

It’s perfectly normal for your newborn to lose weight during the first three to five days. After about two weeks of age most babies will be back to their birth weight. However all babies grow differently. If you are concerned at all about your baby’s growth, contact your Maternal and Child Health nurse or family doctor.

Stick​​y eye

During the first few weeks your little one might develop stickiness or discharge around their eyes. This is normally caused by blocked tear ducts and will most likely fix itself. But if your baby’s eyes are sticky, it’s best to chat to your Maternal and Child Health nurse or family doctor.