Behaviors and development
How is your baby’s development?
Your baby’s vision is now in the same as adults in some aspects. In fact, their ability to see in near distance is still the best, but their ability to see in far distance develops well too so they can regognize people and objects in room. They may see a toy on the other side of the room and try to crawl towards it. The color of their eyes now are also probably the color they can have during life, although you may see subtle changes later.
In the third week of the eighth month, your child will probably able to:
- have better vision;
- creep or craw;
- switch to standing position from sitting position;
- pick up tiny objects with thumb and fingers (keep all dangerous objects out of baby’s reach);
- say “mama” or “dada” indiscriminately.
How to support my baby?
There will be times when your baby is afraid of things they cannot understand, including things that did not bother him before like a ringing doorbell or a whistling teapot. They now may frighten your baby in some cases. When this happens, the most important thing you can do as a parent is to be comfort and then let them know that you’re there and they are still fine – a hug may be all they need.
Health & Safety
What should I discuss with my doctor?
Most doctors do not schedule regular checkups for baby this month. That may be a good idea since most children of this age do not enjoy going to the doctor’s office. Do call the doctor if there are any concerns that you cannot wait until the next month’s visit.
What should I know?
Here are some things you should know about:
Even healthy babies can cough every day. In fact, coughing can actually help your baby breathe better by clearing secretions from the airway. Coughs often linger after other symptoms of the disease have passed, but not all of them follow it. Forexample:
- If your baby wheezes or gasps for air, they may have bronchiolitis, which is caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
- If their cough is deep and sounds like a bark, they may have croup (a viral infection that affects the upper airways).
- If your baby seems to have a long – lasting cold and a chronic nighttime cough, they may actually have allergies or sinusitis.
- If it is a sudden and persistent cough without other symptoms of a cold, it could mean that your baby has asthma or has inhaled an object.
- If a persistent cough is accompanied by difficulty breathing, fever, and chills, they may have pneumonia.
- If your baby has 20 to 30 second of nonstop coughing, bird – like “whooping” sound as they try to take a deep breath, it can be whooping cough (also called pertussis).
- If your baby coughs constantly with a thick mucus that causes difficulty in breathing, you should let them have a check if they have cystic fibrosis.
Do not give your baby suppressant, decongestant, or antihistamine without consulting with your baby’s doctor first. You might :
- First try to clear any secretions by giving your baby extra fluids and put a vaporizer in their room at night.
- Holding your baby in a steamy bathroom can also make them be calm and help them breathe better.
- If you suspect that allergens in their room might be the cause of a chronic cough, remove stuffed animals and other fluffy bedding to keep the room as clean as possible. Also keep any pets out of the room.
- Make sure your baby is not exposed to cigarette smoke in the house or car.
If a cough is preventing your baby from eating or sleeping well, then it deserves attention. Call the doctor immediately if your baby :
- Coughing up blood, having trouble breathing, or showing other symptoms of a serious illness, such as fever, increasing heart rate, lethargy, or vomiting.
- Also call a doctor if your baby swallowed or inhaled an object.
- If your baby cannot breathe or loses consciousness, you have to begin rescue theỉ breathing or CPR and ask someone to dial 115 right away.
- Allergies, foreign bodies, or asthma can cause a chronic cough too, so you should call the doctor if a cough persists for more than a week.
As long as your baby is attempting to get around on their own, it does not matter how they do it. You need be concerned only if your baby seems to be unable to coordinate both sides of their body, in other words, they cannot move their arms and legs in the same time. This could be a sign of a motor disability, for which early treatment can be very helpful.
What I am concerned about?
Here are some things you may be concerned about:
How to read to your baby
Reading is important to encourage your baby at an early age. Even if they might not understand the book, they will become interested in and curious about it. This is a great way to support their development. Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Read out loud to your baby;
- Have a collection of baby books;
- Learn to read with exaggerated expressions and at a slow speed;
- Make reading part of a routine (the best time is at bedtime);
- Involve your baby in choosing the book.
These tips will help your baby become excited and happy every time it is ready time. You will be amazed!
Congratulations! You have made it through week 35. We can’t wait to show you how your baby is developing in week 36.
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 386-414.