Your baby still needs only breast milk or infant formula to grow normally. He is not mature enough to digest the starches found in cereal. Cereal can be started at 4 to 6 months of age. At 2 months most babies take about 4 ounces of formula every 3 to 4 hours.
Always hold your baby during feeding time. Then your baby learns that you are there to meet his needs. This is an important and special time.
Babies start to lift their heads briefly. They reach for things with their hands. If an object is placed in their hands they will grasp it briefly. They enjoy smiling faces and sometimes smile in return. Cooing sounds may be made in response to people speaking gentle, soothing words.
Many babies wake up every 3 to 4 hours, while others sleep through the night. Every baby is different. Feeding your baby extra milk or cereal usually does not help him sleep better at night. To help your baby sleep through the night you can start putting him in his own room. A baby needs to learn how to put himself to sleep so that when he awakens at night, he will go back to sleep on his own. To help him learn to go to sleep on his own, place him in the crib when he’s drowsy but still awake. Let him fuss for a few minutes to see if he will go to sleep before picking him up. For more information about sleep please ask us. REMEMBER TO NOT PUT YOUR BABY TO SLEEP ON HIS TUMMY.
- Never leave your child alone, except in a crib.
- To avoid suffocation and choking, make sure your baby’s crib has slats not more than 2 3/8 inches apart. Make sure the mattress fits snugly in the crib and that bumper pads are tight enough to prevent him from wedging his head between them and the mattress.
- Keep the crib sides up.
- To prevent burns, never eat, drink or carry anything hot while holding your baby.
- Don’t leave your child alone in the car.
- Use an approved infant car seat and follow the instructions for proper use.
- Never leave your baby alone when he is on a high place such as a changing table.
Your baby needs several immunizations for proper protection against contagious diseases. Some of these immunizations may be given in a combination vaccine.
- DTaP – This immunization protects your baby against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis, or Whooping Cough
- IPV – This vaccine prevents paralytic poliomyelitis. It is an inactivated vaccine.
- HIB – This vaccine protects against Hemophilus Influenza Type B, a common cause of meningitis and other life-threatening diseases.
- HEPATITIS B – This vaccine protects against the type of liver disease that may lead to liver cancer or cirrhosis of the liver.
- PREVNAR – This is a vaccine that protects against certain diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria. It protects the infant from meningitis, bacteremia (bacteria in the bloodstream) and to a lesser extent, ear infections.
- RotaTeq – This is an oral vaccine that protects against a serious diarrhea disease caused by rotavirus.
CALL OUR OFFICE IF:
- Your child has a reaction other than a low-grade fever less than 101 or mild irritability.
- Your child gets a fever that lasts longer than 48 hours.