Week by Week

What do you need to know to care for your 42 week old baby?


Development & Behavior

How should my baby be developing?

At this age, your baby can sit confidently and may even walk while holding onto furniture, possibly go momentarily and stand without support. They may attempt to scoop up a toy while they are standing, too.

If yours is not walking yet, don’t worry. Most babies take their first steps sometime around 12 months while some babies wait until they are 18 months old to make that move.

In the second week of the tenth month, your baby is capable to:

  • get into a sitting position from stomach;
  • clap hands or wave bye – bye;
  • pick up tiny object with any part of thumb and finger (keep all dangerous objects out of baby’s reach);
  • walk by holding on to furniture;
  • understand “no” but not always obey it;

How to support my baby?

Avoid feeding food, which can cause choking such as raw carrots or a whole grape fruit. You should serve cooked and diced vegetables, cheese and fruits which are peeled and diced.

Health & Safety

What should I discuss with my doctor?

Most doctors do not schedule regular checkups for your baby this month. Do call the doctor if there are any concerns that you cannot wait until the next visit.

What should I know?

You should notice the insect bites and stings at this stage. It is fine to adults but it can harm babies at this age.

Most stings are annoying but not life – threatening unless your baby turns out to be allergic to the venom in the bug. You can follow these steps:

  • Remove the stinger by scraping, not pulling.
  • Wash the area with soap and water.
  • Relieve pain with an ice pack for 15 minutes, or try baking soda and water. Ask your baby’s doctor before giving your baby pain – relieving medications.
  • Call the doctor if your baby gets diarrhea or a fever, vomits, or if swelling increases after 24 hours. You should also call the doctor if the area around the bite shows signs of having become infected, such as increasing redness, pain, or swelling.

Anaphylactic shock happens when the body is sensitive with the allergic factor. This can cause low blood pressure, itching, swelling, and hard breathing. Anaphylactic shock occurs as the result of a sting is fairly rare, happening only if your baby is allergic. Of course, you cannot really know this until a sting occurs, which is why it is a risk to be aware of.

If your baby is allergic, they may have:

  • trouble in breathing or may start wheezing;
  • dizzy, stomachache, vomit;
  • flushed face;
  • a rash;
  • swelling at tongue, hands, and face;
  • Your baby may also be in a shock if they seem to be confused or sleepy.

If your baby has an allergic reaction, call 115, let them lie down, calm him, and cover them with a blanket.

How can you prevent bites or stings?

You cannot eradicate all bugs that bite and sting, and surely you do not want to keep your baby indoors all the time. But you can use a baby – safe insect repellent and dress them in long sleeves and pants that are white or light – colored which is less attractive to bugs and also make it easier to spot ticks and insects when they are going to be outside. Be careful when eating outdoors, especially in areas with a lot of bugs, and avoid scented products like creams and soaps.

My Concerns

What I am concerned about?

You may have many concerns in week 42 include hair rolling and pulling.

Hair stroking or pulling is the result of these two: First, they try to re – create the soothing comfort they received as an infant during nursing or bottle feeding, when they would stroke their mother’s breast or cheek or pull at their hair. Secondly, they are more likely to crave this comfort during times of stress, especially when they are overtired or cranky.

Occasional hair twirling, stroking, or pullingare considered to be common, and can linger into childhood without ill effect. Continuous or vigorous tugging at the hair, or hair pulling that results in lost patches of hair should obviously be stopped. These tips may help:

  • Provide your child with more comfort and attention, especially at times of increasing stress.
  • Get their hair cut in a short style, so they won’t be able to get a good grip on it.
  • Give them something else to pull on to distract them.

If all else fails, you should seek advice from their doctor.

You have made through week 42.  Don’t worry. You are not alone. We will be here to give you support next week, in week 43.

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

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