All patients should contact their provider’s office to schedule a postpartum exam as soon as they are discharged.
You should immediately call your provider or go to the nearest emergency room if you experience shortness of breath, fever 100.4 F or higher, passing large clots or soaking more than one pad per hour, foul vaginal/incisional odor, experience green/yellow discharge or have red streaks on their breasts.
Until your postpartum exam, you should follow these special instructions:
All patients should contact their newborn’s pediatrician for an appointment on the day of discharge. This should be scheduled in the first 1-2 days unless otherwise directed by the pediatrician’s office.
Immediately call the doctor or go to the emergency room if your baby has a fever higher than 100.4F, is not feeding well, is excessively fussy or you feel your baby needs to be seen sooner than scheduled.
Until your first pediatric visit, you should follow these special instructions for your newborn:
Call 911 if:
Your baby has difficulty breathing, turns blue, has blueish lips
Your baby has a temperature less than 97.5F or greater than 100.4F.
Eats poorly or refuses to eat.
Is repeatedly vomiting.
Does not have a wet diaper for 12 hours.
Does not produce stool for 48 hours.
Is difficult to wake or has low energy.
Has an unusual or high-pitched cry.
Has an uncommon or severe rash.
Has white patches in the mouth.
Has redness, drainage or foul odor around the umbilical cord.
Has signs of dehydration, including dry or cracked lips, dry skin, dry or rough tongue, is irritable or is more sleepy than usual.