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When do babies laugh for the first time? She's 4 months old and smiles all the time.

When do babies laugh for the first time?  She's 4 months old and smiles all the time.

Baby is well & happy: Smiling or laughing is a sign of content and in a baby, it suggests she is feeling well/happy. We don't really know exactly when baby purposefully smiles, but often by 2 months, baby interacts with others, cooing, giggling, smiling, and crying too. So, my guess is around 2 months, some may do earlier, some later. Congrats on the baby. Baby=miracle of life. Enjoy and good luck. ...Read more

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Caring for Your Baby (Checklist)

Vaccinate for hepatitis B prior to hospital discharge
Once
Obtain newborn metabolic screen prior to hospital discharge
Once
Schedule baby's 1st doctor exam for 2-4 days after hospital discharge
Once
Schedule baby's well exam/vaccinations for age 2 months
Once
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My 4 month old baby gets histerical once I put his infant carrier in the car. He won't stop crying turning blue and shaking. What should I do ?

My 4 month old baby gets histerical once I put his infant carrier in the car. He won't stop crying turning blue and shaking. What should I do ?

Keep him safe in car: At four months he is too young for a real temper tantrum. While he may get agitated by the car seat's restrictive environment, his safety in the car is paramount for him to be transported in any other way in the car. You may want to have someone else sit beside him not to make him so lonely. ...Read more

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My babies body is super pale he is 4 months old will he get darker or lighter as he gets older ?

My babies body is super pale he is 4 months old will he get darker or lighter as he gets older ?

See Your Doctor NOW: 4 month old has "super pale" skin. Skin color is a genetic trait & can vary widely based upon family heritage therefore your baby's skin could become darker or lighter. Permanent color is reached by age 6 mos. However infants are at risk for Iron-deficiency anemia due to insufficient dietary iron & if suspected must be corrected. See your doctor now for evaluation, correct diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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Caring for Your Baby (Checklist)

take care of yourself
daily
Eat well
daily
Trust your gut feeling when baby is crying
daily
Talk with other mothers
daily
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4 month old infant with eczema on back of neck and bleeding due to scratching. How would you treat this?

4 month old infant with eczema on back of neck and bleeding due to scratching. How would you treat this?

See your doc: There are multiple medications that can be used. First you have to rule out secondary bacterial infection. See your physician. ...Read more

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Change your baby's diaper often.
every other hours, while awake
Be sure the child's bottom is completely dry
daily
Avoid using perfumed products
daily
Give your baby's bottom plenty of airtime,diaper free(towel as backup)
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Ate cookie with molasses. Scared I dropped cookie crumbs and my 4 month old possibly got them on hand/ into her mouth. Could she get infant botulism?

Ate cookie with molasses. Scared I dropped cookie crumbs and my 4 month old possibly got them on hand/ into her mouth. Could she get infant botulism?

Possible: It is possible to get botulism but it is unlikely. Watch out for symptoms 18 - 36hrs after ingestion. Symptoms in infants are lethargy, weakness, poor feeding, weak cry. Constipation is usually the first symptom to occur. There is nothing for you to do now except observation. If your baby seems to be floppy or develops any of the above symptoms, you need to go to the nearest ER. ...Read more

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