When your baby is six months old, you will be required to take them to the doctor. They will receive a variety of vaccines as per the CDC’s schedule. These vaccines include Whooping Cough, Tetanus, Influenza B, Pneumococcal, Polio, and Rotavirus.
The side effects are mild and will simply include redness at the site of injection, a slight fever, fussiness, and your baby will be sleepy as well. If you suspect an adverse reaction to the vaccine, then you will need to speak to your doctor immediately.
Watching your baby get vaccinated can be hard for new parents, however is essential to ensure the lifelong health of your baby. To learn more about your baby’s health and safety, check out this article.
The Health Of Your Baby
A simple cough without any fever may not be as dangerous as you think With that, there is no reason why you should worry too much. A green runny nose is good because it means your baby’s body is functioning normally and clearing their nasal and sinus passages.
However, if the cold lasts more than 14 days, then you will need to see the pediatrician. In addition, take your baby to the hospital if you notice any of the following symptoms.
- A high fever
- Both a fever and a rash
- If your baby is unusually fussy, irritable, and requires a lot of attention
- If they are constantly coughing and having difficulty while breathing
- If your baby has vomited more than twice in a 24-hour period
- If there is blood in their diarrhea
- If your baby has pink eye and eye discharge
- If your baby has head lice or scabies – also keep them away from other children until the first treatment has been administered
- If your baby has chickenpox
If you have introduced solids into your baby’s diet and you notice them vomiting, simply discontinue solids for a few days and monitor their progress. When your baby appears to have recovered, try the solid foods again.
The best thing to do if your baby starts to vomit would be to revert back to breastfeeding or formula. This is easier for them to digest and it is preferred in case of illness.
If your baby vomits after nursing, try shortening the nursing times. Wait a few hours after feeding to see if your baby can keep it down.
For formula-fed babies, offer an oral rehydration solution such as Pedialyte, of 0.5-1 ounce in a syringe or bottle. If vomiting occurs after administration, then wait 30 minutes and try again. If it persists, consult your pediatrician.
For any fever that goes beyond 101 degrees Fahrenheit, you must consult your doctor. Also, if this is accompanied by severe vomiting and diarrhea, immediately take your baby to the hospital for advanced care.
If your baby has white patches on the inside of their mouth, on their tongue, or if they develop a diaper rash that looks symmetrical on both sides and does not go away after treatment with a diaper rash cream, you must see the doctor immediately.
Sleeping And Playtime
Your baby should be sleeping six to eight hours at night. Your baby will also probably have two to three naps during the day. If you find that your baby still has trouble sleeping through the night, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a problem.
Your baby could be on their own development path, or they could be having trouble with things such as teething, a growth spurt, or an infection.
Now, some parents have been known to turn to a sleeping method that was developed by Dr. Richard Ferber. It is known as “The Ferber Method.” This method tells parents to put their babies in the crib while they are still awake, and if the baby cries, wait a progressively longer time period each night before going in to provide them comfort.
This method has been known to work well for some parents, while others are unable to listen to their babies crying. Whichever method you choose to use, ensure it works for both you and the baby. You may have to try many different methods before finding one that will actually work well for everyone. So, do not be in too much of a hurry.
Babies usually appreciate playtime more than anything else. Introduce new games that will stimulate their mind and keep them busy. Your baby will enjoy new toys, reading books, and playing games with other people.
Be creative, and start pointing parts of your baby’s body out to them because it is never to early to learn new things.
Taking care of your baby when they are young should be your number one priority. Never miss a doctor’s appointment and if there are instructions that need to be followed, follow them strictly.