Development & Behavior
How should my baby be developing?
Your baby has been already at 6 months. This is the midway point of the first year. It’s a big acheivement. Time with your baby is so precious and it will go by quickly, so you should enjoy every minute.
In the first week of the sixth month, the baby is capable of:
- Keep their head level with body when leaning to sit up;
- Say a few words with consonant vowel combinations.
How to support my baby?
When your baby starts to become more active, they will need to be dressed comfortably. You should choose soft fabrics which do not cause much friction when they move around. Loose stretchy and breathable clothing will make your baby who is fully hyperactive find it easy to across the room.
Besides, you should avoid baby clothes which are made of coarse fabric or itchy seams with long straps, buttons, or what can cause suffocation risk and other inconvenience when they sleep, crawl or play.
They know that their behavior, including things that make you satisfied and what makes you not happy, attractes you. So from now till some next years, they will do anything to get your attention. When they grow up, they will tend to be mischievous to provoke reaction from you. Do not forget to give positive feedbacks when your baby acts in good personality because it’s a great way to begin to teach them to know the misconduct.
Health & Safety
What should I discuss with my doctor?
Depending on the specific condition of the baby, the doctor will perform overall physical tests, use different diagnostic techniques and implemented procedures. The doctor or nurse will check all or most of the followings:
- Ask questions about how you and your child and the rest of the family live in the house, eat, sleep, or the overall progress of the baby and the baby care if you’re going to do.
- Measurement of weight, height and head circumference of your baby, check the entire features of child since birth.
What should I know?
Here are some things you should know about:
Asthma is a serious chronic disease which is the most common in children. Specifically, here is an inflammation and narrowing of the airways that cause difficulty in breathing. The term “asthma” is often used to describe the symptoms of wheezing, it does not refer to causes and the persistence of it. The allergy triggers can be pollen, mold spores and animal parasites and pathogens that are harmful to the airways (including tobacco smoke and vapors). Respiratory tract infections are caused by viruses whilelacking exercise or inhaling cold air can cause asthma attacks. Although asthma can be a serious and chronic health problem but if it is well treated, most children with asthma can still have healthy living and regular activities. The severity of the disease usually decreases as the child grows older and larger airways open.
They may suffer asthma if they cough too much (especially at night) or got allergies, eczema or your family have a history with these symptoms. Signs that your child can have when asthma attack may include shortness of breath, persistent coughing, wheezing, whistling or muttered aloud, when your baby breathe, the muscles around the ribs are squeezed, their nose is slightly puffed with each breath, they also have fatigue and pale skin.
If you think your baby is having an asthma attack or difficulty in breathing – especially when they feel like being strangled in the neck, ribs or abdomen when breathing in, or they breathe hard – please immediately call 115 or take them to a room emergency. You should also call for help immediately if the lips or fingers of your baby turn blue or your baby got lethargic, agitated or out of control.
Typically, children with colds may also suffer from wheezing condition, but nighttime cough is chronic underlying sign of asthma. Call the doctor if your child has trouble in sleeping because of wheezing or coughing.
If you baby is diagnosed with asthma, your doctor will instruct you how to control asthma. You may also need to find the cause of asthma: it can be caused by respiratory diseases or environmental issues, such as allergen or tobacco smoke. You should use a nebulizer to cool, increase the baby’s head and neck to 30 degrees or more when the baby sleeps. The allergy test may also be helpful because you can identify and remove allergens from the environment. For example, you may consider to remove carpets, curtains and stuffed animals from your room to reduce dust and dust dispersal ability. Medical treatment consists of inhaled bronchodilator medication to open the airways, while anti-inflammatory medications to reduce airway inflammation.If there is secondary infection, you can have antibiotics tot treat and identify the underlying causes to shun allergenic agents.
The risk of sudden death when your baby return alone at night
Experts agree that a child can change position easily, which can significantly reduce the status of sudden death syndrome in infants. There are two reasons: first, because your baby can pass time of risk of sudden death syndrome in infants when they could flip; Second, the baby knows how to flip will be better equipped to protect themselves from the problems related to stomach sleeping as sleeping posture can increase risk of sudden death syndrome in infants easily.
According to experts, you should put the baby to bed and let them lie on their back until they are a years old, but take care not to make them lose any sleep due to changes position throughout the night. Besides, you need to make sure that your baby’s crib is safe and continue to follow the advice for preventing the disease, such as only using a mattress and avoiding some kind of pillows, blankets, towels and toys of crinoline.
Extra safety in large tubs
To ensure that your baby’s bathing time is not only fun but also safe, you should follow these important tips:
- Wait until your baby can sit very sound: both you and your baby will feel more comfortable with a large bath when the baby is able to sit alone or with little support.
- Sitting in a safe position when being wet becauseyour baby can be easily slipped, and even a solid seat can still tilt the bathtub. Despite a fall in the tub can not be too dangerous for the baby, it is better for you to be careful.
- Prepare a towel, washcloth, soap, shampoo, toys in the tub and any other necessary items in the tub before you put the baby into the tub.
- Be on their side: the baby always need adult’ssupervision every bath time during their first five years.
- Check the bath water: check the water temperature with your elbow or your wrist or a bath thermometer before putting your baby into the tub.
What I am concerned about?
Here are some things you may be concerned about:
Baby is an early bird
If they wake up too early in the morning, here are some tips for you to make them get up a little later:
- Avoid early light of dawn;
- Avoid noise from the vehicles;
- Let your baby sleep later in the night;
- Let your baby sleep later in the day;
- Reduce your baby’s nap time;
- Keep baby wait a while;
- Play games with your baby;
- Keep your baby wait until breakfast.
Bathing baby in big tubs
To ensure your baby’s happy when taking a bath, try the following tips:
- Test the water with his familiar toy boat;
- Let your baby run before bathing;
- Use something to replace you in a moment (a washable doll or stuffed animal);
- Avoid keeping your baby too cold;
- Letyour baby hold items on hand;
- Let your baby splash;
- Make friends with your baby when taking a bath;
- Do not take a bath after eating;
- Do not remove the drainage button until your baby is out of the tub;
- Be patient.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
Murkoff, Heidi. What to Expect, The First Year. New York: Workman Publishing Company, 2009. Print version. Page 345-369.