Week 3

 

01. Physical capabilities / milestones achieved

 

Joy of joys! Your baby shows signs of moving its head from side to side a little bit. Make sure to place your baby on its tummy for a while every day. Babies can move their heads more while on their tummy compared to when they are on their back. Time spent on the tummy is time well spent because it helps strengthen your baby’s neck muscles. If you do this, your baby may even lift its head a bit before other babies. Similarly, as weeks go by, your baby’s movements become more coordinated.

 

02. Psychological capabilities / milestones achieved

 

Your baby is very alert and very receptive to new sounds and sights. Your baby may develop a liking to music and it may listen quietly when you play music. Your baby recognizes you and your voice. Your baby smiles now but this considered to be spontaneous and not as a response to anything.

Your baby loves to suck. It always looks for your breast to feed or simply to suckle. While you are away you baby finds its own fingers and toes to be good things to suck on. Settling down after a short episode of crying with thumb sucking is called “self-soothing”.

 

03. Specific ailments / medical conditions to look out for

 

Your baby needs good tender loving care. Keep your baby clean. Change its diapers as soon as it soils them. Examine your baby for any nappy rashes.

Many friends and relatives visit your baby. They can bring germs and your baby may catch these germs.

 

04. See your doctor if these symptoms are there

 

Fever, ill-look, excessive crying, runny nose, blocked nose, redness and swelling at umbilicus, cough, vomiting, grunting are a few commonly encountered symptoms. Yellowing of your baby’s skin can be a normal phenomenon or due to some pathology. It is always better to consult your doctor.

 

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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