Medical Care and Your 4- to 7-Month-Oldenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-medCare4To7Month-enHD-AR1.jpgBecause your baby begins to show his or her personality during these months, your questions may move from simple sleeping and eating concerns to those about physical and social development.4-month-old, 5-month-old, 6-month-old, 7-month-old, my child's doctor, pediatrician, seeing, hearing, going to the doctor, crying, cries, height, weight, growth charts, pounds, inches, sleeping, hospitals, fevers, diaper rashes, feeding, caring for my baby, on call, nurse practitioners, medical problems, home, smoking, babyproofing, immunizations, drowsiness, runny nose, diarrhea, dehydration, 4 month old, 5 months old, 6 months old, 7 months old, ear infections, rashes, colds, shots, eating, solid foods, breastfeeding, bottles, soft spots, car seats, neonatology, neonatal, general pediatrics, CD1Primary Care03/22/200006/26/201906/26/2019Mary L. Gavin, MD06/17/2019c32d222a-bdc8-48ce-aa57-0f6c2d8a4439https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/med47m.html/<p>Babies really&nbsp;begin to show their personality during these months. So you might find yourself talking&nbsp;to your baby's doctor less about sleeping and eating and more&nbsp;about physical and social development.</p> <p>Most likely your baby will now be seen at 4 months and at 6 months, but your doctor may schedule extra visits to check on any problems found earlier.</p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">Colds</a> and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/">ear infections</a> can become more common at this age, especially in winter. Once babies can reach out and grab objects and start having contact with more people, they can be at increased risk for contagious illnesses, especially if they're in childcare or have older siblings.</p> <h3>What to Expect at the Office Visit</h3> <p>Well-baby <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/checkups.html/">checkups</a> vary from doctor to doctor, but usually will include:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Measurement of your baby's length, weight, and head circumference. Growth will be plotted on a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/growth-charts.html/">growth chart</a>, and you'll be advised of the progress.</li> <li>A physical exam.</li> <li>A review of your baby's development through both observation and your progress report. Can your baby hold up his or her head? Is your tot rolling over? Sitting with or without support? Can he or she transfer an object from hand to hand? Respond to own name? Has your baby started to babble? Your doctor may ask you these questions and more.</li> <li>You may be asked how you are doing with your baby and how the rest of the family is doing. Your doctor may go over safety questions with you: Have you babyproofed your home? Is your little one in an appropriate <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/auto.html/">safety seat</a> while in the car?</li> <li>A discussion of your baby's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/feed47m.html/">eating habits</a>, including the likelihood that solid foods will be introduced soon.</li> <li>Advice on what to expect in the coming months.</li> <li>Your baby will receive <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vaccine.html/">immunizations</a> during some visits.</li> </ul> <p>Bring to the doctor any questions or concerns you may have at this time. Make sure to write down any specific instructions you receive regarding special baby care. Keep updating your child's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/medhist.html/">medical record</a>, listing information on growth and any problems or illnesses.</p> <h3>Immunizations Your Baby Will Receive</h3> <p>Immunizations usually given at the 4-month visit:</p> <ul> <li>second <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dtap-vaccine.html/">diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine</a></li> <li>second <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hib-vaccine.html/"><em>Haemophilus influenzae</em> type b (Hib) vaccine</a></li> <li>second <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/polio-vaccine.html/">polio vaccine (IPV)</a></li> <li>second <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pneumococcal-vaccine.html/">pneumococcal conjugate (PCV) vaccine</a></li> <li>second <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rotavirus-vaccine.html/">rotavirus (RV) vaccine</a></li> </ul> <p>At the 6-month visit, your baby also may get (depending on the brand of vaccine given, and whether your child has had earlier doses):</p> <ul> <li>the third DTaP vaccine</li> <li>the third polio vaccine (IPV)</li> <li>the third&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hepb-vaccine.html/">hepatitis B vaccine</a></li> <li>the&nbsp;third Hib vaccine</li> <li>the third PCV vaccine</li> <li>the third rotavirus (RV) vaccine</li> <li>a flu shot</li> </ul> <p>Babies at high risk of developing a meningococcal disease, which can lead to bacterial meningitis and other serious conditions, may receive an additional vaccine. (Otherwise, kids usually get the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/meningitis-vaccine.html/">meningococcal vaccine</a>&nbsp;at 11&ndash;12 years old.)</p> <h3>When Should I Call the Doctor?</h3> <p>Colds and other illnesses are a part of growing up. Your baby is beginning to explore and probably is being exposed to other kids. While it's hard to see your baby fight a stuffy nose or suffer with an ear infection, rest assured that most kids grow out of the frequent-illness stage as they build their immunity.</p> <p>Meanwhile, these safeguards can help keep your baby well:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Breastfeeding your baby will provide antibodies and enzymes that help protect against illness.</li> <li>Try to keep your baby away from kids you know are sick, especially those with infectious diseases such as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu.html/">the flu</a>.</li> <li>Family members who are sick should not share food or drink with the baby, and they should <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">wash their hands</a> well before handling the baby and your tot's toys.</li> <li>Stay up to date with your baby's vaccines. Stick to the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immunization-chart.html/">immunization schedule</a> recommended by your doctor.</li> </ul> <p>Call your doctor if your baby has a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a>, is acting sick, refuses to eat, suddenly has trouble sleeping, has diarrhea, or is vomiting.</p>Atención médica y su hijo de 4 a 7 mesesLos bebés empiezan a mostrar su propia personalidad durante estos meses. Por lo tanto, es posible que dedique menos tiempo a hablar con el médico de su hijo sobre sueño y alimentación y más, sobre desarrollo físico y social.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/med47m-esp.html/182b47b9-1a8f-42e5-8f4f-0ca09686bf79
Childproofing and Preventing Household AccidentsYou might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words "babyproofing" or "childproofing," but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childproof.html/0dfb8dee-0285-4d87-a4d3-a048bdc1289e
Choosing Safe Baby ProductsChoosing baby products can be confusing, but one consideration must never be compromised: your little one's safety.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/products.html/415febdd-eb0a-4f8a-b7d3-34ed61b7509c
Communication and Your 4- to 7-Month-OldYour baby's range of sounds and facial expressions continues to grow, and your baby is also imitating sounds, which are the first attempts at speaking.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/c47m.html/e70bd1e9-c8ff-4812-be70-f223b4769b20
Feeding Your 4- to 7-Month-OldIs your baby is ready for solid foods? Learn how and when to get started.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/feed47m.html/1d8d9f97-7488-4301-b9e8-8f75d4462e43
How Vaccines Help (Video)Vaccines help keep kids healthy, but many parents still have questions about them. Get answers here. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vaccine-video.html/381d8b32-8c56-41c1-b6b5-247544dcac7e
Knowing Your Child's Medical HistoryIn an emergency, health care professionals will have many questions about a patient's medical history. It's easy to compile this information now, and it could save critical minutes later.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/medhist.html/f6063f6a-56b4-4bb2-8d8c-ef9641fc25fb
Learning, Play, and Your 4- to 7-Month-OldYour infant will learn to sit during this time, and in the next few months will begin exploring by reaching out for objects, grasping and inspecting them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/learn47m.html/2432a854-028b-4052-abde-255b5dea3f73
Movement, Coordination, and Your 4- to 7-Month-OldAt this age, kids are learning to roll over, reach out to get what they want, and sit up. Provide a safe place to practice moving and lots of interesting objects to reach for.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/move47m.html/9759da63-550a-472d-98c1-eaafbe326bcc
Sleep and Your 4- to 7-Month-OldBy this age, your baby should be on the way to having a regular sleep pattern, sleeping longer at night, and taking 2 or 3 naps during the day.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sleep47m.html/09851fbb-44e6-4d18-907c-e36db668b800
What You Need to Know in an EmergencyIn an emergency, it's hard to think clearly about your kids' health information. Here's what important medical information you should have handy, just in case.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/healthin.html/1a2e653b-b86b-4866-aa55-a6a084f4f7f8
Your Baby's Growth: 4 MonthsYour baby is growing in many ways. Here's what to expect this month.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/grow47m.html/2abdfdca-3261-4c23-9f9a-730aa12389ee
Your Baby's Hearing, Vision, and Other Senses: 4 MonthsYour baby is working on all five senses, understanding and anticipating more and more. How can you stimulate your baby's senses?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sense47m.html/73a0ed6b-dc66-4fae-a9a0-1c80edd9ac8f
Your Child's CheckupsThese age-specific guides can help you be prepared for and keep track of your well-child visits.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/checkups.html/b9a0df04-49c9-43df-afb8-b8631c99c601
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