Nancy Baker-Curtis describes her son Charlie’s care at NorthShore as nothing short of heroic. “We’re very, very blessed,” she said. Know the Warning Signs Newborns undergo many changes as they develop. However, there are warning signs you should watch for, including: • No urination or lack of bowel movement for 48 hours • Rectal temperature above 100.4° F or below 97.5° F • Bluish skin color that does not go away • Wheezing or grunting sounds while breathing • Odor, drainage or bleeding from the umbilical cord • Worsening jaundice or yellowing of the skin on the chest, arms or legs, or whites of the eyes Baby Boosters Coordinated Care Team Puts Ailing Infant on a Healthy Course Nancy Baker-Curtis shares more about her baby’s journey on Healthy You , NorthShore’s online source for tips to lead a healthy life, at northshore.org/L24 . C By Susan J. White had such a great team taking care of Charlie. The Emergency Department physicians and the hospitalists were all great about commu-nicating and working together.” “I used every resource available to me through NorthShore, as I felt like I was in a fi ght for his life,” said Baker-Curtis. “I’m very fortunate that there were so many awesome people willing to help us.” “He is doing beautifully now, gaining weight nicely and making huge strides developmentally,” added Dr. Chen. Baker-Curtis describes her son’s care at NorthShore as nothing short of heroic. “We’re very, very blessed,” she said. harlie Curtis had a rough start to life. Born healthy, the infant developed a poten-tially deadly bacterial infection in his bloodstream. A series of additional health threats followed. Today, the ever-smiling 1-year-old shows virtually no signs of distress. His mom, Nancy Baker-Curtis, is profusely thankful for NorthShore Pediatrician Belinda Chen, MD, and the coordinated team of specialists committed to keeping him healthy. CONTINUITY OF CARE BABY IN PERIL Flashback to August 2015, when Dr. Chen received a call from Baker-Curtis worried about her newborn’s health. “Charlie had lost a little weight and was acting diﬀ erent,” recalled Baker-Curtis. Mom and son went to see Dr. Chen, who determined that Charlie had lost a profound 8 percent of his birth weight and his body temperature was quite low, signaling dangerous hypothermia. Dr. Chen rushed the infant to NorthShore Highland Park Hospital for specialized care from Pediatric Hospitalists Sadie LaPonsie, MD, and Lynette Connell, MD. All three physicians hold academic titles at the Pritzker School of Medicine. “This bacterial infection was very serious,” explained Dr. Chen, “Thankfully, we 18 CONNECTIONS FALL 2016 After three weeks in the hospital, Charlie returned home. But the recovery took time and required frequent monitoring. Baker-Curtis relied on NorthShore Connect —both online and through the smartphone app—to stay in frequent contact with Dr. Chen and manage Charlie’s follow-up appointments and test results. “I ask a lot of questions, and the app made it easier,” Baker-Curtis said. Pediatric Gastroenterologist Vincent Biank, MD, later joined Charlie’s care team, adding coconut oil to his diet and increasing his calorie intake. Charlie’s weight increased and his condition stabilized. He was able to take his fi rst family vacation this summer—a month away with no medical appointments. “We were able to provide cohesive care, all of us working together to make sure Charlie moved forward,” said Dr. Biank, who also holds an academic title at the Pritzker School of Medicine. Pediatrician Dr. Belinda Chen and Pediatric Gastroenterologist Dr. Vincent Biank were part of a coordinated team of specialists dedicated to keeping Charlie Curtis healthy. ★ PEDIATRIC CARE CLOSE TO HOME NorthShore’s vast team of pediatricians and pediatric specialists is located throughout the region, ensuring compassionate, convenient care for busy parents. Visit northshore.org/L23 or call (847) 492-5700 (Ext. 1279) to make an appointment.