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Third Month

  • Most babies of this age are strong enough to hold up their heads to look at what's going on around them. Their muscles and joints are better developed and this allows them to kick their legs and wave their arms more forcefully. This is also the time when the part of the baby's brain that is responsible for language, hearing, and smell becomes active. So keep talking to your baby as often as you can.We know your little bundle of joy hasn't let you sleep much in the last two months. Relax, because your baby might be sleeping more at night from now and may not need a night feed. If he/she isn't, don't be too worried, he/she will most probably be doing this by the end of the third month.

    Common Problems

    Heat rash:
  • If your baby develops a pimply, red rash near the edges of his/her nappy or underwear, it's most probably just a heat rash. Heat rash is a skin eruption that can appear in hot and humid weather when your baby is over wrapped.

    Things to note

    1. Cool your baby down. Take off your child’s clothes and let him/her stay nude for some time in a cool area.
    2. Heat rashes are not painful but can be extremely itchy.
    3. Dress your baby in loose fitting cotton garments during hot weather.
    4. Avoid using creams and lotions as they can increase skin irritation.
    5. A child can also get heat rash if he/she is running a high temperature which makes him/her sweat excessively. If he/she has a temperature, contact your doctor immediately.
    6. Be careful as your baby could suffer from heat exhaustion due to excess sweating.
    7. Consult a pediatrician if your baby has a fever or if the rashes do not resolve/ get worse.

  • Your baby's DPT, oral polio and Hepatitis B vaccinations are due this month. Check the immunization schedule for more details

Eye sight

It is easier to correct many eye problems when they are detected early. So it is important that you keep a close watch on your baby's eyes. The best way to do this is to observe your baby's regular activity and note:

  1. If the baby has difficulty following objects with his/her eyes, for example when you move a rattle in front of his/her face] by the time he/she is 3-4 months old.
  2. If the baby has trouble moving one/ both of his/her eyes in any particular direction.
  3. If the baby's eyes are crossed most of the time.
  4. One or both of your baby's eyes tend to turn outwards.
  5. Premature babies have a higher risk of eye problems, so they need more care.
  6. Inform your Pediatrician of any problems you may notice/suspect promptly.

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