4 months

01. See your doctor if you see these symptoms

 

As your baby explores his environment more, he becomes exposed to more germs. See your doctor to clarify any doubts you may have.

02. Physical capabilities / milestones achieved

 

Your baby has good head control now. He can hold it up and steady without support. This helps him look around and explore his surroundings better.

 

When you place him on his tummy he pushes up with his arms so his head and shoulders are above horizontal plane. His is strong enough to roll onto his tummy and back.

 

When you stand him up on a hard surface he pushes down on to his legs in an attempts to bear weight. This is the first sign of walking.

 

Fine movements develop very rapidly. He puts his hands in his mouth. He reaches out to toys with one hand. He can hold small toys tightly without dropping them and swing them around.

 

03. Psychological capabilities / milestones achieved

 

Your baby communicates with you by crying as well as with facial expressions. He responds excitedly and positively to love and affection. He recognizes faces and stares at them with interest. He smiles spontaneously at people. He likes playing and shows his annoyance when play stops.

 

Your baby starts to babble. Facial expressions accompany babbling, enhancing his part in little conversations between you and your baby. He copies facial expressions he sees on your face. You will notice that your baby cries differently to show anger, hunger and fatigue. It makes it easier to do things to make your precious one happy.

 

04. Specific ailments / medical conditions to look out for

 

You gave your baby two vaccines when he was 2 months old (OPV and Pentavalent). By the end of the fourth month you need to give the same two vaccines for the second time. There should be a 6-8 weeks gap between the first set and the second set of vaccines.

 

05. Average weight and height

 

Refer to the child weight chart provided by the ministry of health before deciding whether your child is having the weight/height to match it’s age.

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