Week 4

01) Physical capabilities / milestones achieved

 

Your baby’s movements become more coordinated as weeks go by. Now your baby grabs things that come into its hand with a satisfyingly powerful grip. Your baby plays with your fingers, small toys and buttons of your top when you hold it close. Hold your hand and small colorful toys in front of your baby for it to see and feel and explore its senses.

Your baby needs to be covered well to help it cope with changes in the temperature. Its thermoregulatory mechanisms are not yet fully developed.

 

02) Psychological capabilities / milestones achieved

 

Your baby has a good rapport with you now. It needs to communicate with you regularly. It holds your gaze now and make sure you talk with your baby face to face. Apart from developing a deep bond between you and your baby, this helps language and social interaction development as well. Your rhythmic baby talk actually helps your baby identify nuances of spoken language later. It is believed that the native accent starts here. Your baby smiles, squeals and laughs now. It makes cute noises now. You should coo back.

 

03) Specific ailments / medical conditions to look out for

 

Your baby gets its BCG before you get discharged from hospital. The injection site gets a small bump. Then it turns into a small pustule, it breaks and a small induration remains. This heals in a few days leaving a tiny scar. Do not worry if your baby follows this sequence of events.

 

Still your baby is not out of risk of getting simple viral infections. Keep your baby clean. Give it frequent sponge baths.

 

Dentists recommend you start “brushing your baby’s teeth” now itself. Your baby still does not have teeth. Just take a very clean piece of cotton cloth, wipe clean your baby’s gums and in between your baby’s gums and cheeks. This practice prevents dental caries in milk teeth.

 

04) See your doctor if your get these symptoms

 

If you have any doubt get medical advice. Your loved ones will offer you tons of free advice. Just be careful and research them before you follow them.

 

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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