Fever is an emergency in a newborn. If your newborn feels warm, take a rectal Temperature. To take a rectal temperature, position your baby on his/her back on a changing table. Spread apart your baby's buttocks with one hand. Use the other hand to grasp the thermometer between your middle and index finger. Gently insert the bulb of the thermometer about 1 inch (2.5cm) into the rectum or until the tip of the thermometer disappears. Keep a firm grasp on the buttocks by cupping them with the palm and fingers of the hand that is holding the thermometer. If your baby has a rectal temperature of 100.3 or greater, call our office immediately. Do NOT give your newborn Tylenol. Do NOT delay calling our office. (770-995-0823)
In order to prevent illness, please have visiting family wash their hands before handling your newborn. Please do not allow anyone who is ill to handle your newborn. Avoid visits to public places.
During flu season, all eligible family members and caregivers should receive the flu vaccine
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a life threatening illness to newborns. Infants are not eligible to receive a vaccine to prevent pertussis until 2 months of age, so it is important for all caregivers to be up to date with TDap (whooping cough vaccine).