ICD-10-CM Code R68.1

Nonspecific symptoms peculiar to infancy

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code No Valid Principal Dx

Not Valid for Submission

R68.1 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of nonspecific symptoms peculiar to infancy. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:R68.1
Short Description:Nonspecific symptoms peculiar to infancy
Long Description:Nonspecific symptoms peculiar to infancy

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • R68.11 - Excessive crying of infant (baby)
  • R68.12 - Fussy infant (baby)
  • R68.13 - Apparent life threatening event in infant (ALTE)
  • R68.19 - Other nonspecific symptoms peculiar to infancy

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code R68.1:

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • colic, infantile R10.83
  • neonatal cerebral irritability P91.3
  • teething syndrome K00.7

Code Classification

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • General symptoms and signs (R50-R69)
      • Other general symptoms and signs (R68)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Common Infant and Newborn Problems

It is hard when your baby is sick. Common health problems in babies include colds, coughs, fevers, and vomiting. Babies also commonly have skin problems, like diaper rash or cradle cap.

Many of these problems are not serious. It is important to know how to help your sick baby, and to know the warning signs for more serious problems. Trust your intuition - if you are worried about your baby, call your health care provider right away.


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