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What do you need to know to care for your 39 week old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

msBahasa Malaysia

Behaviors and development

How is your baby’s development?

At 39 weeks, your baby is capable to:

  • play patty-cake (clap hands) or wave bye – bye;
  • babble and sound a little like real words, phrases, and sentences;
  • walk by holding on to furniture;
  • understand “no” but not always obey it.

How to support your baby?

Your baby still comprehends more from your tone than from your actual words. They can understand when you are pleased, so you can offer specific praise such as “You did a great job picking up the rattle”. The more you talk to your babym the more they learn about communication.

Your baby is starting to understand the word “no,” though they may not obey it. For example, you can expect them to try to touch something even after you have said not. It is best to use the word “no” sparingly, and when you do use it, follow it by removing them from the scene of the crime and introducing them to a new activity.

Health and safety

What should you discuss with doctor?

The overall organization of the physical exam, the number and type of assessment techniques used and procedures performed will also vary with the individual needs of the child. But, in general, you can expect the followings at a checkup:

  • Immunizations, if not given before. Be sure to discuss previous reactions, if any, beforehand.
  • Possibly, hemoglobin or hematocrit test to check for anemia (usually by means of a pinprick on the finger).

What should you know?

Strep throat

Babies rarely get strep. But if you or people you know such as your baby’s older siblings have it, you have to do keep an eye out for symptoms.

Look for swollen, bright red tonsils flecked with white. Other symptoms include a sore throat that lasts more than a few days, a temperature over 38 degrees Celsius, chills, and swollen or sore lymph glands under your baby’s jaw.

Call your baby’s doctor if you observe any of the symptoms described above or if your baby has trouble in swallowing and breathing. If your baby tests is positive for strep, your doctor will treat it with antibiotics. Make sure you give your baby the full course of antibiotics, even if they seems better before all the medicine is gone. Doing so may just cause more severe complications.

Flat feet

In babies, flatness is common because of several reasons: first of all, since young babies do not do much walking, the muscles in their feet have not been exercised enough to fully develop the arches. Second, a pad of fat fills the arch, making it difficult to discern, particularly in chubby babies. And when babies begin to walk, they stand with feet apart to achieve balance, putting more weight on the arch and giving the foot a flatter appearance.

In most children, the flat – footed look will slowly diminish over the years, and by the time full growth is attained, the arch will be well formed. In fact, only a small percentage lives with the feet that remains flat.

Walking too early

Like early standing, early walking cannot cause your baby too be bow – legged or any other physical problems. In fact, both these activities are beneficial since they exercise and strengthen some of the muscles used in walking solo. If they are barefoot, they will help strengthen their feet as well. A baby who does not want to walk at this stage, of course, should not be pushed into it.

My concerns

What you need to concern?

There are many concerns in the third week of the ninth month:

Fear of strangers

Your baby will show a definite preference for their mother and father after the first couple of months, a baby under six months or so will generally respond positively to almost any grown – up. Whether they are familiar with adults or strangers, they lumps them pretty much into the category of people who are capable of taking care of their needs. Often, as a baby approaches eight or nine months, they begin to realize which side their biscuit is really buttered on, that mother and father are their primary caretakers and that they ought to stick close to them and steer clear of anyone who might try to separate them from their parents. During this time, even beloved grandparents may suddenly be rejected as baby clings to their parents.

Wariness of strangers may disappear quickly or not peak until somewhat past a year. About two in ten babies never develops it at all or pass so quickly that it is not noticed. If your baby does exhibit stranger anxiety, do not pressure them to be sociable. They will come around eventually, and it is best that they do on their own terms. In the meantime, you should warn friends and family that they are going through an apprehensive stage that that quick advances will frighten them. Suggest that instead of trying to hug them or pick them up immediately, they try to break down their resistance slowly – by smiling at them, talking to them, offering them a plaything while they sit securely on their lap.

If your baby is truly inconsolable when left with a sitter, then it is time to reevaluate your child – care situation. Maybe the sitter is not giving your baby the kind of attention and love they need. Or it may simply be a case of extreme stranger anxiety. Some infants, particularly those who are breastfed, can cry for hours when mommy is gone, even when daddy or grandma is the baby – sitter. In such a case, you may have to limit time away from your child, if possible, until this “missing mommy” phase has passed. If it is not possible, make yourself as available to them as you can when you are around.

How is your baby’s development week 40?

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

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