Contact your GP, health visitor or practice nurse
if your baby has:
- A temperature of 38°C or higher (if they’re under three months).
- A temperature of 39°C or higher (if they’re three to six months).
Rapid breathing or panting.
A throaty noise while breathing.
Your child is finding it hard to get their breath and is sucking their stomach in under their ribs.
Blue, pale, blotchy, or ashen (grey) skin.
Your child is hard to wake up, or appears disorientated or confused.
They are crying constantly or the cry doesn't sound like their normal cry.
A spotty, purple-red rash anywhere on the body that doesn't fade when you press a glass against it - this could be a sign of meningitis (See Meningitis and sepsis).
Your child has a fit (convulsion or seizure) for the first time.
Your child is under eight weeks old and doesn't want to feed.
Nappies that aren't very wet - this is a sign of dehydration.
If your child has any of these signs, get medical help as soon as possible.