May 17, 2023

Identifying signs of concern in 0-3 month olds

Jane Magnani
Jane Magnani
Identifying signs of concern in 0-3 month olds

As new parents, it's normal to be incredibly protective of our new addition and worry about every aspect of our newborn. Although most babies are in excellent health and develop as expected, a few signs may indicate something is wrong.


It's essential to remember that every baby is different and develops at its own pace. So, if your baby is not meeting the same milestones as a friend's baby, giving your little one some time is essential.


To ensure that your 0-3 month-old baby is developing correctly and stays healthy, here are some signs to watch out for:


  •  Lack of appetite: While newborns typically have irregular feeding schedules, a baby who consistently refuses to eat or seems uninterested in food may be a cause for concern. Consult your paediatrician if this continues.

  • Jaundice: Many babies experience mild jaundice, which is characterised by yellowing of the skin and eyes. However, severe or prolonged jaundice can indicate an underlying medical issue and requires prompt attention from a medical professional.

  • They can't latch while nursing or bottle feeding and loses a lot of breastmilk or formula out of the side of their mouth while feeding.

  • Refrain from smiling at people.

  • It doesn't track people and objects as they move.

  • He is unable to hold his head up while on their tummy.

  • Weak or absent crying: Babies use crying to communicate with their caregivers. If your baby cries weakly or doesn't cry, this may indicate an underlying condition.

  • No weight gain: Your baby should gain weight steadily in the early months of life. If your baby is not gaining or losing weight, consult your paediatrician.

  • A lack of response to loud noises or avoidance of eye contact, which are both essential ways for babies to communicate and connect with others.

  • Extreme fussiness: While all babies have fussy periods, if your baby seems consistently uncomfortable and cries for hours, it may indicate an underlying condition such as colic or reflux.

  • Low muscle tone: Your baby should be able to lift their head and engage in basic movements such as bringing their hands to their mouth. 

  • If your baby seems unusually limp or floppy, consult your paediatrician.


Remember, as a parent; it's essential to trust your instincts. If something doesn't seem right, seek the advice of a medical professional. By staying aware and informed about the signs to look for in your 0-3 month-old baby, you can ensure their health and happiness in these critical early stages of development.


If you are concerned about your little one, seek help from your GP or health visitor. No matter how small your concern is, don't let it linger in your mind; ask for help.


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