Listen to Dianne Zalitis, midwife, talk to Feed Play Love with Shevonne Hunt about signs your baby is well.
- Knowing the signs that your baby is well will give you piece of mind.
- Wet and dirty nappies are always a good sign your baby is doing well.
- Most babies will have around 6 to 8 wet nappies a day.
- Dirty nappies for breastfed babies varies from after every feed to once a week.
- Formula fed babies usually have a dirty nappy everyday.
- Your baby's temperature can be from 36.5 to 38 - anything over 38 is a fever.
- Speak to your chemist about the best thermometer to use - tape thermometers or using your hand are not accurate ways to take a baby's temperature.
- If your baby's temperature is over 38 you can call Pregnancy, Birth and Baby on 1800 882 436 or healthdirect on 1800 022 222 at any time to speak to a registered nurse (known as NURSE-ON-CALL in Victoria).
- If you baby is doing what they usually do — playing, and feeding, sleeping and nappies as usual — it's a good sign they are well.
- The fontanelle on the top of your baby's head should be firm to the touch — if it is sunken, or bulgling/swollen, it's a sign of illness.
- Rashes are common with babies, but any rash that is red/purple and doesn't fade when you press on it could be a sign of meningitis and requires immediate medical attention.
- Babies usually feed 6 to 8 times a day. Their routine will change over time.
Where can I read more?
- A day in the life of a newborn
- Feeding your baby
- Baby poos and wees
- Health checks for babies
- Your baby’s growth and development
- About the fontanelle
- Common childhood rashes
Who can I call for support?
- Speak to your doctor, midwife or obstetrician
- Call Pregnancy, Birth and Baby on 1800 882 436 to speak to a maternal child health nurse
Feed Play Love
Feed Play Love with Shevonne Hunt in an Australian parenting podcast that brings together expert advice and real-life stories from parents. Feed Play Love presents short, helpful segments focusing on supporting parents and providing useful information and advice.
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Last reviewed: July 2022