Baby Week 17: Researchers believe that at this time the baby, they are already able to understand the basic sounds in the native language, from this time to 6 months, the baby starts to develop language skills, and they able to make these sounds. This means that you may be able to hear the sounds of your dreams, like “Dad” and “Mom”.

You can use the mirror or show your baby repeated lip movements to encourage your baby to talk, and your baby may also imitate you. Trysaying “Dad”  or “Mom” to your baby in a high friendly tone, he or she may try to imitate it.

Responding when your baby makes a voice or tries to speak a word allows your baby to understand the importance of language, and to know what to do and what kind of feedback you get. It’s also good for the baby’s self-development, because the baby begins to realize that what they would have different response.

During week 17, baby can do the following – 4 Month Old

  • Lie up 90 degrees while lying.
  • Laugh.
  • Understand basic sounds in your native language.
  • Say a few simple words, like “mom,” but still don’t know what it means.
  • Trace objects within 15 cm and the body turns 180 degrees.

Health information for your 4 Month Baby – Week 17

Each physician has his own method of examination. Physicians perform medical examinations, methods and procedures different depending on individual needs. After the examination, you can ask your doctor about the following:

  • Tell your doctor about your baby’s life at home, including eating, drinking and sleeping, and let your doctor know how your baby is developing, and talk about your concerns if you’re going to return to work.
  • Physicians measure weight, height, head circumference, and reassess baby’s growth.

The needs and development of your 4 month old baby – Week 17

You should know the following:

Ear infection

Ear infection, also known as Acute otitis media, occurs when viruses, bacteria or liquids accumulate behind the eardrum, which can cause swelling and pain. This is often followed with fever. Ear infections are common, and more than half of infants has it before the age of 1.

Symptoms of ear infection include:

  • Anorexic, which can cause pain when swallowing and chewing due to ear infection.
  • Constantly pulling the ears.
  • Fever 38 to 40 degrees Celsius.
  • If accompanied by a cold, the situation may change significantly.
  • Pressure in the ears can cause pain and irritability, especially in certain positions such as eating or lying in bed.
  • Ears might have the shade of yellow, white, or bloodshed.
  • Upset the stomach.Ear infections are usually virus infections, which can affect the digestive system.
  • At some point, the ear pain will disappear on its own. However, doctors will still prescribe antibiotics to your baby to avoid more serious infections and to make your baby more comfortable. In case of pain or fever, your doctor may prescribe Paracetamol, which is usually reduced within two days of medication.

To avoid ear infections, follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid exposure to second-hand smoke as it affects your baby’s immune system.
  • If you are still feeding, continue. Studies show that pro-fed babies are less likely to get ear infections.
  • Make sure your baby has been vaccinated to reduce the chance of ear infections, especially pneumonia and flu vaccination.
  • Reduce the use of pacifier, and some studies have shown that using nipples increases the chance of ear infection.

Baby Getting Up

If your baby can’t get up on his own, you’ll need to help him/her when you see her slip or fall. Although you should not try to support a newborn baby, as the neck and back are not fully developed yet, it is OK for a 3-4 month old baby to try to get up on their own. You can help your baby from different angles so that your baby’s head won’t be crooked.


In addition to changing posture, standing up position helps baby look further. Baby who can sit will see passersby, shops, houses, trees, pets, buses, cars, and things around, not just looking at the sky, looking around the stroller and getting more than lying.


Baby’s too fat.

Unlike adult overweight, fat babies are not caused by diet. You should slow down your baby’s weight gain, not lose your baby’s weight. As the baby grows, the amount of activity increases, the chubby baby will slowly become skinny. If you are concerned about your baby’s weight, you can use these tips:

  • Feed your baby only when the baby is hungry.
  • Let baby drink more water, as it does not have calories.
  • Do not keep breastfeeding in the middle of the night, as it is not only ineffective, it also causes the baby to be overweight.
  • Evaluate the baby’s diet.
  • Encourage your baby to do more activities. If your baby is rarely active, you can encourage your baby to move more.

Reminder for parents

You may be aware of the following:

Baby refuses nipples

It is abnormal for the baby to refuse the nipple, so there must be an underlying reasons. Here are some common reasons of refusal:

  • Mom’s diet: If you find that your baby refuses to drink milk after you eat certain foods, you should avoid eating them before weaning.
  • Baby has cold: If your baby is stuffy, he/she cannot drink milk and breathe at the same time. Of course, your baby will be preferred to use its mouth to breathe rather than to suck.
  • Baby’s teething: Although most babies do not grow teeth until 5 to 6 months, some babies progress faster. Sometimes, the baby’s first or second tooth grows up in the first 4 months, and when drinking milk, it can oppress the gums and make the baby feel uncomfortable.

  • Earache.
  • Baby’s mouth long black sores (Black sores).
  • Milk flows too slowly.If the baby is hungry and the milk flows too slowly, the baby will lose patience.
  • Mom’s hormonal changes: Hormonal changes in the body of first-time moms can affect the taste of milk, and sometimes the baby will refuse to drink milk.
  • Mom is under too much pressure.
  • Baby is ready to wean.

At this point, the following methods may be helpful:

  • Do not let your baby drink other types of milk.
  • Try to bottle feed.
  • Try again and again, even if your baby refuses.
  • Slowly start feeding baby solid food.
  • If your baby continues to refuse to feed, or if there are other symptoms, please discuss with your doctor.

Difficulty in Diaper Changing

If your baby has been very uncooperative when changing diapers, you will experience the same problem later on. Baby may feel uncomfortable when forced to wear diapers, so it is hard to do diaper changes. The trick is to get your baby on the table and move as fast as possible, and you can distract your baby with sounds like a mobile phone, music box or baby’s favorite toy. Singing or talking to your baby while getting changed can also distract them.


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