Illness and Safety


  • illness_safety500pxFever of 100.4 degrees or greater rectally
  • Temperature less than 97.5 rectally
  • Recurrent vomiting (not spit up)
  • Failure to urinate at least every eight hours
  • Failure to feed repeatedly
  • Pallor, listlessness, irritability
  • Labored breathing

These signs are concerning in an infant.  We want you to call the office day or night if your newborn appears ill.

Book Resource: My Child Is Sick by Barton Schmitt, MD


  • Always use a car seat. It should face the back of the car until your infant is at least two years old.
  • Place your infant on his or her back to sleep. Do not have pillows, loose blankets, or stuffed animals in the crib.
  • Do not sleep with your baby.
  • Do not leave your baby unattended with pets or small children.
  • Do not put your infant in a car seat on top of a high surface or countertop.

Prenatal Packet