Well Visit, 6 Months: After Your Child's Visit
Your Care Instructions
Your baby's bond with you and other caregivers will be very strong by now. He or she may be shy around strangers and may hold on to familiar people. It is normal for a baby to feel safer to crawl and explore with people he or she knows.
At six months, your baby may use his or her voice to make new sounds or playful screams. He or she may sit with support. Your baby may begin to feed himself or herself. Your baby may start to scoot or crawl when lying on his or her tummy.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
How can you care for your child at home?
- Keep breast-feeding for at least 12 months to prevent colds and ear infections.
- If you do not breast-feed, give your baby a formula with iron.
- Use a spoon to feed your baby plain baby foods at 2 or 3 meals a day.
- When you offer a new food to your baby, wait 2 to 3 days in between each new food. Watch for a rash, diarrhea, breathing problems, or gas. These may be signs of a food or milk allergy.
- Let your baby decide how much to eat.
- Do not give your baby honey in the first year of life. Honey can make your baby sick.
- Offer juice in a cup, not a bottle. Limit juice to 4 to 6 ounces a day.
- Put your baby to sleep on his or her back, not on the side or tummy. This reduces the risk of SIDS. Use a firm, flat mattress. Do not put pillows in the crib. Do not use crib bumpers.
- Use a car seat for every ride. Install it properly in the back seat facing backward. If you have questions about car seats, call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236.
- Tell your doctor if your child spends a lot of time in a house built before 1978. The paint may have lead in it, which can be harmful.
- Keep the number for Poison Control (1-800-222-1222) near your phone.
- Do not use walkers, which can easily tip over and lead to serious injury.
- Avoid burns. Turn water temperature down, and always check it before baths. Do not drink or hold hot liquids near your baby.
- Most babies get a dose of important vaccines at their 6-month checkup. Make sure that your baby gets the recommended childhood vaccines for illnesses, such as whooping cough and diphtheria. These vaccines will help keep your baby healthy and prevent the spread of disease. Your baby needs all doses to be protected.
When should you call for help?
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:
- You are concerned that your child is not growing or developing normally.
- You are worried about your child's behavior.
- You need more information about how to care for your child, or you have questions or concerns.
Care instructions adapted under license by Slm. This care instruction is for use with your licensed healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.