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In an emergency

When Baby simply won't stop crying, it can be really worrying. Sometimes it's difficult not to imagine the worst. If you really have tried everything else and Baby still won't stop crying, it may be that they are ill. But this is not a time to panic. Here are a few things to look out for.

First, if you're at all worried

Ask for help. Better to be on the safe side.

Urgent problems

  • Making jerky movements
  • Turning blue or very pale
  • Quick, difficult or grunting breathing
  • Pausing between breaths for over 20 seconds
  • Hard to wake or is unusually drowsy
  • Doesn't seem to recognise you
  • Rash of red spots which don't fade when you press them

If your baby has any of these symptoms, call your GP at once. If you can't get through, dial 999 for an ambulance or take Baby to the nearest hospital Accident and Emergency Department immediately.

Problems that could be serious

  • Hoarse cough, noisy breathing, wheezing, unable to breathe through the nose
  • Unusually hot, cold or floppy
  • Cries in an unusual way, or for much longer than usual or seems to be in pain (trust your instinct here)
  • Any bleeding from the cord stump, or from the nose
  • Bruising
  • Keeps refusing feeds
  • Vomits most of every feed
  • Has frequent watery diarrhoea
  • Has yellow looking skin

Tell your GP. If you have and there is no improvement in a day or so, tell your GP again. If you're worried and you can't get hold of your GP, dial 999 for an ambulance or take Baby to the nearest hospital Accident and Emergency Department immediately.

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