When to see your baby's doctor or midwife

Take your baby to the family doctor, paediatrician or midwife the day after you go home from the hospital if your baby has been discharged home before 48 hours of age. Remember to give the doctor/midwife the newborn record you received from the nurse before you left the hospital.

Contact your health provider if your baby becomes:

  • Very sleepy and difficult to wake up
  • More fussy than usual and unable to settle
  • More difficult to feed
  • Very jaundiced (skin turning yellow)
Go to nearest ER if your baby
  • Starts to breathe faster or seems to be having difficulty breathing
  • Becomes pale or skin starts to turn blue or purple
  • Develops a fever (temperature more than 37.5°C or 99.5°F under the armpit)

Not sure if your baby is ill? 
Call Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0007).
Telehealth Ontario is a free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. A registered nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your healthcare provider. If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition you should seek immediate medical attention. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

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