Baby Week 19: While crying is still the main way to communicate for babies, they are also beginning to develop a sense of humor. When things are happy, your baby starts to laugh, like their face suddenly appears under a blanket, or a toy pops out of the box, so long as it’s not too loud or too scary, your baby will be happy.

Make a grimace to encourage baby to laugh, giggle or smile. Baby loves to hear a lot of different sounds, you don’t need special tools or toys. Just make a noise by doing a smack, whistle, or mimic animal sounds, your baby would love these very much! You can also try giving your baby a moving toy, watching the toy move and make noise would thrill your baby.

Encourage your baby to explore and play with different items so you can watch your baby look curious when playing games. Your 5 month / 19 week old baby should be able to do the following:

  • Straighten their body
  • Turn in one direction.
  • Focus on the source of sound, especially the voice of moms
  • Speak simple words
  • Play happily

Health information for your 5 month old baby – Week 19

Each physician has his own set of tests, including diagnostic methods and techniques. Depending on your child’s condition, different checks are performed, such as the following:

  • A second vaccination will be given if your baby is in good health and there is no other indication from your doctor.
  • Tell the doctor about the reaction of the child after the last vaccination.

The needs and development of your 5 month old baby – Week 19

At this stage, you will notice a few things:

Acute Respiratory Virus (RSV)

Acute respiratory virus has similar symptoms  to colds. It does not cause disease, but causes ear infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia. It can also cause asthma or other respiratory diseases. Most children under 2 years of age are vulnerable to the virus and are more dangerous for infants under 6 months of age, babies with health problems, weak immune systems, and premature babies.

The baby starts well, with asymptomatic symptoms, but after a few days, it may become severe, accompanied by breathing problems. Your baby may experience signs of severe infection, including dilation of the nostrils, swelling of the chest, tight abdominal muscles, gasping, quick and light breathing more than 60 times per minute, turning green lips and nails, and feeding problems.

If your baby is infected with acute respiratory virus (ARV), you should call a doctor who may ask you to take your baby to the clinic to check their breathing condition and may establish an Inhaled bronchodilators to allow your baby to breathe well. When antibiotics fail to help,  you can still avoid ARV by giving your baby plenty of water and keeping him/her away from second-hand smoke.

Reoccurring Breathing Problems

Use nasal sprays or drops to make baby’s breathing smoother, these drugs can reduce snot and prevent breathing problems. At the same time, when the baby sleeps, lift his/her head up. If your baby has a fever, you can give your baby Acetaminophen, paracetamol on the instructions of your doctor. During the season of acute respiratory virus (ARV), infants who are born prematurely, or has lung disease and congenital heart should be vaccinated to help protect against the virus.

Heart murmur

The heart is a vital organ for all living creatures, and all heart related health problems are dangerous, especially for infants. However, most cases of heart murmur are less severe and disappear over time without excessive fear.

Doctors say that when your baby’s heart is murmur, there is an abnormal sound of blood flowing through the heart, and most doctors can tell you the cause of the murmur.Most often, heart murmur is caused by irregularities in the shape of the heart, as the baby’s heart is still developing. This noise can be diagnosed with a stethoscope and is harmless to the baby, and the doctor may not take the next examination. More than half of all children have this problem, and may continue to childhood. When the child’s heart is fully developed, the heart murmur will natually disappear.

If you still have concerns, ask your physician about the actual state of your baby and whether it will affect the baby’s future.

Reminder for novice parents

You should note the following:

Toddler Massage

Massage is not just for adults. In the recent years, it has become more common as a treatment to improve baby’s health. With massage, your baby can grow faster, sleep better, breathe better, and become smarter. Try massaging your baby! You will be amazed by the reaction of your baby.

If you want to learn how to massage your baby, you can buy a book, watch a video, or go to a therapist’s class.You can also try a baby massage by following these steps:

  • Find a time convenient for you.
  • Find a time that suits your baby.
  • In a comfortable space.
  • Use baby lotion if desired.
  • Watch your baby’s reaction: Your baby will let you know if he likes it or not, depending on the reaction, you will know where to continue and where best pause.

In general, babies love getting touch gently, here are some tips to help you get started:

How to give your baby toddler a massage:

  • Gently place your hands on both sides of your baby’s head for a few seconds, sliding from the face and sides to the body, then to the toes.
  • Draw a circle on the head with your fingers, tap from the forehead, from the inside out.
  • Tickle the chest from inside to outside.
  • Gently slide up and down on the belly, then draw a circle with the other hand and walk on the baby’s belly with your finger.
  • Gently roll, stroking the hands and feet, open your palms and massage the fingers.
  • Rake the feet down and massage to straighten toes.
  • Put the baby face down, massage back, top to bottom, and side to side.
  • Speak to your baby during the massage or sing to your baby gently.

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