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Nine-month-old office visit

General Information for a 9 Month Old Baby:

Sleeping –
Most babies sleep through the night by this age. Although there are no rules, often babies outgrow their morning nap by the end of their first year.

Teething - Expect your child to be teething, though some babies will not teeth until 15 months. Drooling is common. Fever is unusual. Use teething rings, frozen wet wash cloths and over the counter analgesics. Topical analgesics used for teething can be very dangerous if used in excess.

Development -
Nine month old babes can sit up unassisted. Shuffling toys from one hand to another is also universal by this age. Most can crawl (at least backwards if not forwards). At this age most babies are learning to say mama and dada, and cruise around tables or stationary play stations. Most can finger feed. Stranger anxiety is normal.

Diet -
Most diets are quickly expanding at this age. Be careful as some babies teeth slower than others, and therefore, should not have their diets advanced as fast as others. Be sure to introduce baby cups to your baby. Continue to breast feed as long as possible, but remember that whole cow’s milk is to be avoided until age 1. Start to wean the bottle and introduce a spoon. It is very important to avoid heavily processed foods including rice, breads, and pasta.

Safety (Choking) -
This is the age everything goes into your baby's mouth. Watch out for small objects, toys or pieces of food. Be careful of what your older child is sharing with your baby.

Syrup of Ipecac –
It should be available in your home (But should only be given as directed by the Poison Control Center). The phone number for the Poison Control Center is 1-800-222-1222, consider programming this number into your cell phone

Kitchen -
Be careful not to allow your child to touch a hot oven or stove. A child may pull down a tablecloth spilling hot food or liquids.

Car seats -
Rear facing car seats should be used in one of the rear seats until your baby reaches 20lbs and is 1 year old. 

General -
Place gates to keep your child away from stairs. Use gates that are attached with screws at the top of staircases. Also, put all curtain cords and appliance cords out of reach. Watch out for bookshelves or furniture that can tip over; your child will start climbing before you know it. Unload and lock up guns. Make sure upper story windows are secured. Never put a poisonous substance into a soda can, or a glass that a toddler may mistakenly drink.

Hepatitis B (Spanish) - Prevents most common cause of serious hepatitis

More information on the vaccinations:

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