Week by Week

What do you need to know to care for your 43 week old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le.

msBahasa Malaysia

Development & Behavior

How should my baby be developing?

Your baby may walk while you are gripping their hands, and even hold out an arm or leg to help you dress them. At mealtimes, they may be able to drink from a cup on their own (though some children may not do this well for months or even another year or two) and hand – feed themselves.

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

  • stand alone momentarily;
  • say “dada” or “mama” discriminately;
  • point to something to get needs met.

How to support my baby?

Your baby will also purposely drop objects for someone, probably you, to pick up. If you get tired of this dropping game, take away the object for a few minutes and try to distract your baby with something such as a fun game of peek – a – boo.

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?

At this time, your baby may have been sick with the cold or flu. Here is what you should know about antibiotics:

What you should know about antibiotics

Be careful when your baby takes antibiotics. Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria,  they do not help at all in fighting viruses, the culprit behind colds, the flu and many respiratory illnesses. So if your baby has any of these conditions, antibiotics simply will not help. Giving your baby antibiotics when they are not necessary actually makes bacteria more resistant to treatment, which can cause problems when your baby really does need bacteria-fighting medicine. Also, antibiotics are not without their own risks, they can produce side effects or even serious allergic reactions.

When should you give your baby antibiotics?

Only give antibiotics as instructed by your pediatrician. It is important to finish the full course of prescribed antibiotics. Stopping any earlier may not eliminate the illness completely or may cause other more serious health problems.

How to give your baby antibiotics easier?

If your baby vomits right after taking the antibiotics and most of the medicine came right back out of their mouth, it is okay to replace the dose. Do not give your baby another dose if they vomit after an hour. By this time, most medicines have already been absorbed. Giving another does can cause side effects of overdose. You should try figure out why they vomited, because they gag or because they are sick?

Some medications can be mixed with foods such as applesauce to make the medicine taste better. In other cases, an eyedropper or a syringe – type device that shoots the medicine down the baby’s throat is more effective than trying to use a spoon. Your local pharmacy may also be able to add special flavorings to certain medicines to make them more palatable to your baby.

My concerns

What you need to concern?

You may have many concerns in week 43:

Teeth grinding

Like head banging or rolling, hair pulling, or thumb sucking, teeth grinding is often a way that some babies use to discharge tension. Teeth grinding can affect the development of milk teeth and permanent teeth. This has two causes: tension and curiosity.

Lots of love and attention before nap or bedtime can also decrease the need for teeth grinding. In most cases, the habit is relinquished as a baby’s coping skills improve and before any damage is done to the teeth.

Tension is not always the cause of teeth grinding. Sometimes a baby accidentally discovers the mannerism when experimenting with their new teeth, then they enjoy the sensation and sound of it, and adds it to their growing repertoire of skills. But, before long, the thrill is gone and they lose interest in their dental orchestra.

If you find that your baby’s teeth grinding is becoming more frequent rather than diminishing, and you are concerned that they might begin to do damage to his teeth, consult with their doctor or a dentist.

Biting

It is only natural for your baby to test their new set of chompers on every possible surface. Biting can become a bad habit and as more teeth come in, it can cause increasingly painful for its victims.

The biting at first is playful and experimental; baby has absolutely no idea about what they are hurting anyone with it. But a human reaction makes for interesting cause and effect. They find the expression on mommy’s face when they bite down on her shoulder funny, the startled look and mock “Ouch!” from daddy hilarious, and the “Is not that cute, he is biting me,” from grandma a definite sign of approval. Oddly enough, even an angry “Ouch!” or stern reprimand can reinforce the biting habit, because the baby either finds it amusing or sees it as a challenge to their emerging sense of independence, or both.

The most effective way to respond is to remove the little biter calmly from the part they are biting with a firm “No biting.” Then quickly divert their attention with a song, a toy, or other distraction. Do this each time they bite and they will eventually get the message. And biting your baby back can make matters worse; not only is it cruel, but there is also the not-so-subtle implication that what is good for you is fair play for them. These above are changes of your baby and what you need to know is how to take care of your baby properly.

How is your baby’s development in week 44?

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

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