Your Newborn: When it’s not Colic

As a first-time parent, trying to distinguish between your baby having colic and being sick can be tricky. While chances of your baby becoming sick during the first few months are slim, it’s good to have a plan in place in case it does happen. Here are some signs that your baby might be coming down with something and not just exhibiting signs of colic:

Appearance: Is your baby pale or have a rash on face or body?

Behavior: Is your baby acting differently? Is she crying more than usual? Crying at times of the day she’s usually happy? Sleeping more than usual?

Feeding: Is he feeding less? Is he uninterested in breastfeeding or moving head away from bottle?

If you answer yes to one or more of these questions she very well may be sick. Call your baby’s pediatrician and explain what’s going on. They will tell you whether or not to bring your baby in for an evaluation. But trust your inner wisdom–no one knows your baby like you do. If you think something’s not right, go with your instincts and take her in to see the pediatrician.

Baby Nurse Tip: If your baby feels warm but does not have any of the above symptoms he is probably not sick. Undress him or take a layer of clothing off and see if he cools down. Feeding him might also help, because if your baby is thirsty or a bit dehydrated, he may feel warm. If he still feels warm after eating, place a thermometer under his arm and see if he has a fever. If he does, take a rectal temperature to confirm.


One Comment to “Your Newborn: When it’s not Colic”

  1. This is a great resource. Thank you. I have an 8 week old. It’s my 2nd child but I still worry if there is something wrong with him or not. This is my first experience with colic and I am beside myself with exhaustion. We’ve tried everything. I wish they’d put more research into understanding what is going on with infants with these symptoms.
    One good tip deserves another – I recently came across the Mom’s Guide to Caring for Little Teeth ( It’s got practical tips on how to help your kids develop healthy habits, starting at the newborn phase. Please pass it along to anyone you think it might help. I could have benefited from this info the first time around…

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