If your baby has any of the following signs or symptoms, you should seek help urgently. You are strongly advised to call your GP practice. If out of hours, an answerphone message will give details of how to contact the out of hours services.
- Seems hot to touch or has a high temperature (more than 37.5°C)
- Feels cold or has a low temperature (less than 36.5°C)
- Is jaundiced in the first 24 hours after birth (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes)
- Has severe or excessive vomiting
- Is lethargic and not waking for feeds
If your baby has any of the following signs or symptoms, you must call 999 straight away:
- Is floppy or limp, looks very pale or has blue lips or skin
- Fitting (abnormal movements)
- Bulging fontanelle (soft spot on the head)
- Skin rash. Many children get rashes when they have a temperature. If the rash does not fade with the tumbler test (under pressure with a glass), seek help immediately.