Common Complications for Newborns

Jaundice is the yellow color seen in the skin of many newborns. It happens when a chemical called bilirubin builds up in the baby’s blood. Jaundice can occur in babies of any race or color.

When to Call Muddy Creek Pediatrics

Call Muddy Creek Pediatrics immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Your baby’s skin turns more yellow.
  • Your baby’s abdomen, arms, or legs are yellow.
  • The whites of your baby’s eyes are yellow.
  • Your baby is jaundiced and is hard to wake, fussy, or not nursing or taking formula well.

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Cradle Cap is a noninfectious skin condition that’s very common in infants, usually beginning in the first weeks of life and slowly disappearing over a period of weeks or months. Unlike eczema or contact dermatitis, it’s rarely uncomfortable or itchy.  It can spread to other areas of the skin and is then called seborrheic dermatitis.  If it is confined to his scalp (and is, therefore, just cradle cap), you can treat it yourself.

When to Call Muddy Creek Pediatrics

Call our office if your baby has seborrhea on large areas of the body, is getting worse, causing hair loss.  Call right away if the affected skin becomes firm and red, drains pus fluid, or feels warm to touch.

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Other Common Conditions

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