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What do you need to know to care for your 31 week old baby?

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Development & Behavior

How should my baby be developing?

Your baby may begin teething early when they are 3 months or as later when they are 12 months of age, but most children may have first new tooth (usually between two teeth on the bottom) in the middle of time of 4 – 7 months. Do not worry if your child has too much space between teeth. Teeth usually emerge from the gums at unusual angles and gaps usually disappear when they are 3 years old.

When baby starts teething, you can see them drooling more and creating strange sounds from the mouth.

At week 31, your child will be able to:

  • Creep and crawl;
  • Pass the shapes or objects from one hand to the other;
  • Hold onto other people or objects to stand up.

How to support my baby?

The fact that the baby became reluctant when is separated from you can make you enjoy but sometimes it makes you a little frustrated. If you go out and let them in the house, please embrace the baby so much before leaving the house and tell them that you will come back quickly. They will not understand that you will be back in an hour, but the love and affection of your expression can comfort and help your baby overcome the difficulties until meeting you.

Also, try to make a habit each time when you leave you and let your baby with someone that they can know. That way, if your baby does not have mom or dad next door, at least they’ll also feel satisfied with temporary caregivers.

Health & Safety

What should I discuss with my doctor?

Most doctors will not arrange health checks for your baby this month. On the positive side, it means that there is no serious problem with the baby; on the negative side, this means that you will not be able to recognize how the baby develops. Prepare questions for checks in the next month, but do not be afraid to call your doctor right away if you have any problems that make you interested or worried or that you can not wait until the next follow-up visit .

What should I know?

Here are some things you should know about:

Teething

To relieve the discomfort of teething, let the baby chew on something, such as rubber ring or a cold towel. They may feel lighter by eating cold foods like applesauce or yogurt (if your baby is fed) because cold food can temporarily numb the pain. You can give their a hard sugarless cookies to nibble. You can also try rubbing your finger on the pain gum or use pain relief gel for your baby.

Choking

Choking means that your baby is trying to take air or cough up something obstructing their airway. They  may get choked if they show difficulty in breathing, emitting unusual sounds, gagging, coughing or wheezing. Your baby’s skin may turn red or blue and they can lose consciousness from lack of oxygen.

If the child can cough, cry or speak and breathe normally, the baby’s airway is not completely blocked. Baby can sometimes push themselves blockage out and the best thing you can do is stay calm and reassure them. But if they gasp, move from red to green skin, seem to be scared (eyes and mouth wide open) or unconscious, call 115 immediately and do things for the baby as soon as possible in these cases:

  • If (and only if) you find organisms that cause failures, use your fingers to remove it. If you do not see choking hazard, do not place your finger into the baby’s mouth because you can push deeper the material causes blockage deeper into the baby’s throat.
  • Keep your baby upright on your forearm, support the chin in your hands. Keep the baby’s head lower than the rest of the body.
  • Tap the baby’s back 5 times: rapid, decisive but gently, patting between the shoulder blades. Remember that the baby’s organs are weak.
  • If your child starts coughing, let your baby spit up the choking hazard instead of inserting your finger into the baby’s mouth to remove it. If they can not cough out a foreign object, be careful to flip back, use two or four fingers of you to click between the sternum and hit 5 times in their chest (approximately 1.2 to 2.5 cm deep) .
  • The object dosen’t get out, you ca can check to see whether or not a hazard is available. Lay your baby straight, hold the tongue of your baby down with your thumb and lift the chin up to look at the inside of her throat. If you still can not see the foreign object, do rescue breathing immediately. If not, repeat steps 2 and 3. Continue to try your best possible and get help of a doctor as quickly as possible.

To prevent choking, let your baby eat appropriate food to their age, supervise your kid  while they are eating (not to rush or eat baby food in the car), and always sit upright when feeding your baby. Do not let your baby play with small objects, toys, small parts or items containing talc for babies. Choose toys that are suitable for babies – this does not just help you choose toys that matches educational or developmental skills with your baby but also ensures safety criteria. Choking is one of the most common causes of death in children, so you and your baby carers should join emergency classes for infants to process promptly when this case occurs.

Babies often swallow small objects (like coins) and they often go through the stomach without causing harm. But if you notice your baby drooling too much or that they can not swallow, significantly reduce appetite, or if they feel painful where the hazard may be trapped, call the doctor or come to the emergency room immediately.

My Concerns

What I am concerned about?

Here are some things you may be concerned about:

Is your baby gifted?

If you want to know whether your baby have an innate talent or not, consider the following signs:

  • Advanced development;
  • Good memory and very observant;
  • Expresses creativity and originality;
  • Have a sense of humor;
  • Very curious and focused;
  • Be able to make a connection between things and events;
  • Abundant imagination;
  • Difficult sleeping;
  • Very perceptive and sensitive.

So in week 32, the baby will grow like what?

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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