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What do you need to know to care for your 48 week old baby?


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Development & Behavior

How should my baby be developing?

If your baby isn’t walking already, your baby is likely to take their first independent steps soon. If they don’t, don’t worry. Some perfectly normal babies are 16 or 17 months old before they start walking.

In the last week of the eleventh month, your baby is capable to:

  • stand alone well;
  • walk well;
  • indicate wants in other ways than crying;
  • “play ball” (roll ball back to you);
  • drink from a cup independently;
  • use immature jargoning (gibberish that sounds as if baby is talking a made-up foreign language);
  • respond to a one – step command without gestures ;
  • say three or more words other than “mama” or “dada”.

How to support my baby?

As always, make sure your baby has a safe environment in which to practice their new skills. Follow standard childproofing guidelines and never leave your baby unattended. And keep the camera ready.

Nothing is happier than watching your baby takes first steps. You can encourage your baby to walk by standing or kneeling in front of them and holding out your hands. Or hold both their hands and let them walk  toward you. If they are like most children, your baby will take those early strides with their arms out to the side and bent at the elbows, their feet turned outward and belly out in front while their bottom sticks out behind for balance.

Health & Safety

What should I discuss with my doctor?

Most doctors do not schedule regular checkups for your baby this month – again, since babies this age do not appreciate the holding during a doctor’s visit. Those with stranger anxiety may also not appreciate the doctors no matter how warm and friendly they are. Do call the doctor if there are any concerns that you cannot wait until next month’s visit.

What should I know?

It’s a good idea to know the symptoms of chicken pox, though. Watch for red dots, especially if you know your child has been exposed to another child with chicken pox. It takes from ten to 21 days after exposure for symptoms to appear.

Symptoms of chicken pox

You’ll see an itchy rash of small red bumps that develop into clear blisters which are full of fluid on a pink base, then turn into dry brown crusts first on the body and scalp and then spread to the face, arms, and legs. Your baby may also seem extra tired, not particularly hungry, and have a low – grade fever.

What should you do if your baby gets chicken pox?

You can consult with your doctor in this case. To avoid infections and scars, help sores heal by trimming your baby’s fingernails and by keeping them from scratching or picking at sores. Some parents try cotton mittens. You can relieve itching by giving your baby cool baths with baking soda or oatmeal and applying calamine lotion afterward. You can treat a fever with acetaminophen but never use aspirin.

Let your doctor know if symptoms seem worse than you’d expect. Symptoms include:

  • a great many sores;
  • sores inside the mouth or eyes;
  • if your baby has a fever for several days;
  • their skin is swollen, tender, or very red.

My Concerns

What I may be concerned about?

In the last week of the eleventh month, you may have many concerns. One of these is pacifier sucking. You might feel like it’s mean to make your baby part with something that she finds itfond of, but experts say now’s a good time to start weaning them away from their pacifier.

There are two reasons for stopping pacifier sucking. First, the longer your baby uses a pacifier, the harder it can be for them to stop. But another reason to make the break now is that it’s the beginning of an exciting speech development phase. Your baby may be less likely to chatter away with something in their mouth all the time.

Taking away a pacifier can be tough. You should go gradually by limiting daytime use and then work your baby up to not using it at night. You can also try exchanging their pacifier for a stuffed animal or toy.

How is your baby’s development next month?

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

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