When do I need to get advice?
You should see your healthcare provider or go to an after-hours medical centre urgently if your baby:
- is under 3 months old
- is breathing fast, has noisy breathing and is having to use extra effort to breathe
- looks pale and unwell
- is taking less than half of their normal feeds
- is vomiting
- has not had a wet nappy for more than 6 hours.
You should also see a healthcare provider if you are worried about your baby.
Even if you've already seen your healthcare provider, if your baby's breathing difficulties get worse or you are worried, take your baby back to the doctor or nurse.
When should I dial 111?
Dial 111 within Aotearoa New Zealand (use the appropriate emergency number in other countries) and ask for urgent medical help if your baby:
- has blue lips and tongue
- has severe difficulty breathing
- is becoming very sleepy and not easy to wake up
- is very pale
- is floppy
- has breathing that is not regular, or pauses in breathing.