Week 2

 

01.Physical capabilities / milestones achieved

 

Your baby is capable of crying loudly. This means it has good lung capacity and there is no obstruction in his airways. He continues to gain more and more control over his movements. If you observe closely you will see the difference. Your baby shows extreme interest in new sounds, smells, sights etc. He attaches to your breast and sucks well.

 

02. Psychological capabilities/ milestones achieved

 

By second week of your baby’s life you may not notice specific personality traits. But you may notice specific sleep, awake and quiet alert patterns. Your baby now recognizes your voice and it can pick it out among many others. Your baby makes sounds of recognition and interacts with your voice.

 

03. Specific ailments / medical complications to look out for

 

Your baby communicates his pains, frustrations and discomforts through crying. Excessive crying in the absence of any obvious illness is called “colic”. Your baby can go through episodes of crying. It is a normal phenomenon and it goes away in a few weeks.

 

Your baby’s umbilical cord starts to fall off now. Some babies can have infections here. This has serious consequences, so be on the look out of it.

 

Simple viral infections are common and your baby will breeze through most of it because of the protection it has gained from the mother & immunoglobulins in colostrum. This is why it is vital to feed your baby the yellowish milk you get just after your baby comes out.

 

04. See your doctor if you see these symptoms

 

While excessive crying may mean colic it is better to consult a doctor because crying is the only way your baby can express its discomforts. Your doctor will decide if it is a colic or otherwise.

Keep an eye on redness, pain of touch and swelling around the umbilicus. Any fever, lethargy and ill-look means a visit to the doctors is warranted.

 

05. Average height and weight

 

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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