The Pregnancy and Newborn Health Education Center has been answering questions from the public for nearly two decades. We provide scientifically based responses to questions on pregnancy (including preconception, complications and postpartum care), prematurity, birth defects, infant and young child care, delays and disabilities, and other health related topics.
In the case of this new mom, the health education specialist recommended that the mom take her baby to see her health care provider. Babies can get sick very quickly, and the only one who can make the judgment as to what is going on, is a medical professional who examines the baby.
But, often a mom needs information about a condition, and that is where our website can be an enormous help.
Well and sick baby care is on our website
We provide tons of info on what to do if you suspect that your baby or child is not well. You will
- learn how to care for your baby when he has a cold, the flu, a rash or a fever.
- learn the signs of a seizure or breathing trouble, that means your baby needs 911 emergency care.
- know when it’s time to call your baby’s health care provider for help.
Here’s a sampling of other topics that you’ll find on our website:
There are many more conditions -take a moment to look through and familiarize yourself with our website. It is rich with information.
Birth defects and special needs
You can also find information on various birth defects and disabilities, from autism spectrum disorder to thalassemia. You can learn how to get services for your baby after the NICU, too. Once you review the information, if you are not sure about how to care for your child, or would like more information about a particular health condition, send an email to AskUs@marchofdimes.org. We will be happy to provide an answer to your question within two business days.
If you are unsure, or it is a problem that cannot wait, always contact your health care provider or take your child to the nearest emergency room.
For other posts on how to help your child with a delay or disability, view our Table of Contents.