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Six-month-old office visit

General Information for a 6 Month Old Baby:

Walkers –
Avoid using them. They can be dangerous and will delay walking. Consider a stationary play station instead.

Sun Exposure –
It is never too early to protect your baby from the sun. Using a SPF of 15-30 is recommended.

Smoking -
Your child will reduce his or her chance of developing asthma by avoiding second hand smoke. Also, your child is less likely to develop ear infections and pneumonia.

Water Supply -
Let your Doctor know if you use only bottled water or well water at home.

Teething -
Expect your child to start teething soon. Teething begins from 3-12 months. Drooling is common. Fever is unusual. Use teething rings, frozen wet wash cloths and over the counter analgesics. Do not use more than the recommended amounts of analgesics as they can cause serious side effects if over used.

Development -
Many 6 month old babies have learned to laugh and make sounds. They can usually follow with their eyes, roll over and pass toys from one hand to another. They can also sit up by themselves. Your baby may start getting fussy around strangers.

Diet -
Add fruits and vegetables to your baby’s diet. Mashed and finely chopped foods are fine. Extra water or some juice in a cup is a good idea. No honey or hard chunks (they can make your baby sick). Do not use milk or juice as a pacifier.

Safety (Water) -
Do not leave your child unattended around water. Children can drown in bath tubs and buckets of water.

High chairs -
Do not leave your child unattended. High chairs can tip and lead to injuries.

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 should be programmed into your cell phone

Kitchen-
Keep your child away from hot liquids, and appliances.

General –
Check your home for table edges, sharp objects,. medicines and household poisons. Avoid dangling appliance or curtain cords. Plug electrical outlets and place safety gates near stairs.


Vaccinations
Polio vaccine (Spanish)- This shot should not be given if allergic to the antibiotics neomycin, streptomycin, or polymyxin B.
DTaP (Diptheria, Pertusis, and Tetnus) (Spanish)- Should not be given if your child has a newly diagnosed seizure disorder. Can cause fever and redness.
Rotavirus vaccine (Spanish) - Most common cause of serious diarrhea in children
HIB (Haemophilis) (Spanish) - Can cause fever and redness. Prevents serious cause of meningitis.
Hepatitis B (Spanish) -Prevents most common cause of serious hepatitis
Prevnar (Streptococcus pneumoniae) (Spanish) - Can cause fever and redness. Prevents serious cause of pneumonia and meningitis.

More information on the vaccinations:

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