Okay, so I know it's common for babies to have swollen breasts, that doesn't bother me. BUT, my daughter was a week old yesterday, today she woke up with one of her breasts RED and it seems to be sore. She's also gone from eating nearly constantly and sleeping for about 4 hours at a time (which she has done since birth) to Sleeping almost steadily since about 2am last night. I keep waking her up to eat every 3 hours or so, but beyond that she just wants to sleep.
Again, I know newborns sleep A LOT, but to go from 4 hour "naps" to trying to sleep for 18hours straight worries me. She doesn't have a fever and she's not vomiting, but she pooped 5 times today while sleeping - which is also odd for her.
Being Christmas the Peds isn't in their office, but I'm starting to worry because this just doesn't seem right. I looked up the swollen breasts on WebMD and this is what it said...
"In the rare case when the breasts look infected (swollen, red, tender, or have a discharge) and the baby has a fever, call your pediatric provider to check if an infection has set in."
Now, there is no discharge, and no fever, but swollen, red & tender it is...
Should I worry? Should I call the peds on Monday or take her to the ER? Or should I just leave it be and it will get better on it's own?
Answer by 2autisticsmom at 8:34 PM on Dec. 25, 2010
Answer by 2autisticsmom at 8:35 PM on Dec. 25, 2010
Answer by Musicmom80 at 8:42 PM on Dec. 25, 2010
Answer by Musicmom80 at 8:51 PM on Dec. 25, 2010
If it causes her pain take her in. Some people do not get fevers with infections. I don't. I actually had mastitis for over 2 weeks because no one checked for it since I never broke a fever. My kids don't get fevers with ear infections either. It is not to uncommon. My ped told me some people just are not the type to run a fever. So if it is sore and her sleep pattern has changed take her in. It may be nothing but either way you will feel better knowing.
Answer by Alanaplus3 at 8:52 PM on Dec. 25, 2010