MILK – Breast milk or formula with iron should remain the only source of milk for the first year of life. As baby foods are added slowly over the next few months, the baby’s reliance on milk will decrease. All exclusively breastfed infants (or infants receiving less than 32 ounces of formula each day) should have a vitamin D and iron supplement. We recommend POLYVISOL with Iron 1 ml orally each day. Pick up your child’s vitamin drops at InstyMeds right here in our office.
SOLID FOODS – if not already started, now is a good time. The following schedule is commonly followed:
You can stimulate language development by talking to and responding to your baby’s sounds and by reading to your child. Peek-a-boo is a favorite game at this stage and gives babies a chance to practice the comings and goings of parents. Your baby will be learning to get to a sitting position, sit alone, crawl and perhaps pull to a stand. Your baby will also be practicing passing objects from one hand to the next and developing a pincer grasp.
TODAY’S IMMUNIZATIONS: Some of these immunizations may be combined.
(Please see the CDC website for the Vaccine Information Sheet http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/index.html?s_cid=cs_748 )
Less than twenty percent of babies will feel any effects from today’s shots. If you see any signs of a sore leg or fever, give the baby Infant Tylenol. If the baby has a fever of greater than 103 degrees, cries excessively or has any unusual behavior, please call us.
NEXT VISIT: Your baby’s next routine visit is at 9 months of age
NEED DAYCARE FORMS? Don’t forget to drop off your health forms at the front desk or submit them after your check-up here.