Baby Week 20: When your baby recline, his head and shoulders are raised, so your baby can sit up as long as you reach out and pull. During week 20, your baby may do the following:

  • Leg out when upright
  • Don’t need your help to get up and sit.
  • When a toy is stolen, the baby reacts.
  • The body moves towards the sound source.

How to take care of your 20 Month Old baby? – Week 20

If you lay your baby on his/her back, your baby will spread the arms, legs and arch the back. These exercises help strengthen your baby’s neck muscles and exercise the ability to control sitting position.

To give your baby a good night’s sleep, you can give them a bath or tell a bedside story, and there should be a regular sleeping process such as feeding, bathing, pyjamas, reading, singing or playing music, and finally, going to bed.

Good bedtime preparation helps you relax with your baby and increase your intimacy. You can take turns with your partner to perform these processes or division of labor, such as mom for bath, dad for storytelling, etc. have time to rest and try to share the workload of getting your baby to sleep together.

Health information for your 20 Month Old baby – Week 20

Each physician has a set of methods for testing your baby, which can be examined according to different needs.Physicians and nurses will perform the following examinations:

  • Guidance on baby’s next month’s eating, drinking and sleeping, development and safety.
  • Possible reactions after the second vaccination.

Talk about topics such as:

  • How to take care of your baby?
  • When should I call a doctor?
  • When should I wean my baby?
  • How to take care of your baby?

You should be aware of the following:

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)

Shaken baby syndrome is a disease that can cause severe brain injury, which can occur if a baby is shaking vigorously to the point that it moves the brain inside the skull.  Babies are very fragile, because their neck is not strong enough to support the head. Continuous shaking can lead to serious injury, blindness, visual impairment, intellectual impairment, spasms, paralysis, permanent brain injury and even death.

This happens most often when playing with children, or overplaying. Other general movements, such as slapping or ticking, or driving through rough roads, do not cause baby the Shaken baby syndrome.

Infants with excessive shaking may experience colic, drowsiness, vomiting, dietary problems, breathing problems, restlessness or difficult to engage. If you suspect your baby is having Shaken baby syndrome, call a pediatrician and head to the emergency room immediately. Your baby’s condition may deteriorate and if not handled in time, it may lead to premature permanent brain damage. You should communicate with your doctor to properly diagnose and treat your baby.

Baby’s Black Poop

If your baby stool poop is black, the iron content in your baby’s blood is too high. In some children, when bacteria invade the gastrointestinal tract, the body excretes these bacteria through defecation, leaving the feces brown, green, or black. Such a situation is not serious. Some studies have shown that small amounts of iron in feces do not cause indigestion or discomfort in your baby. However, doctors do not recommend supplementing iron as it can be taken from mother’s milk, formula or rice extract. If your child does not have iron supplements but still has  black stool, see a doctor immediately.

Reminder for novice parents – Week 20 || 5 Month Old Baby

You should note the following:

Children’s physical and mental health

Many parents focus only on their child’s intellectual development, but not on their physical development. You should not ignore the importance of physical health and spend some time with your child.

Use your voice to have fun for your baby

Make sure to get your baby excited when you’re with your baby. Speak to him, sing, and describe what you’re doing to make your baby feel like physical activity is fun.

Don’t limit the baby.

If your baby is always sitting in a stroller or a car seat, there is no chance to explore physical activity, he/she may become a quiet child. No matter how big your baby needs to be active, 3 to 4 months can roll over from lying down, crawl on the ground, and explore the environment with their hands and mouth. Your baby can lift their bum up, raise their head and shoulder. These activities allow your baby to practice hands and feet movement naturally, and you should give your baby plenty of room for free movement.

Don’t be too serious.

Baby should exercise in a natural way. Most of the activities should make you feel fun with your baby and help your child interact more with other children. If you decide to take a lesson, consider the following:

  • Is the teacher trained? Are those sports safe? You should ask your doctor before you sign up for your baby, look carefully. All shaking sports are dangerous and the lesson should be fun, not stressful.
  • Is the baby happy? If you do not see your baby smile or laugh during exercise, your baby may not like it. If your baby is confused or scared, the activities may cause your baby to feel unwell.
  • Is there a lot of equipment for this age group? Can babies interact with each other? For example, at this stage, the right equipment should have bright colors, possibly carpets, balls, shakable toys.
  • Can my baby play freely? Most babies in baby classes will find their own partners instead of being paired into groups.
  • Does the course focus on music? Children love music and enjoy rhythm activities such as swinging, singing, or games that both.

Let your baby do things on their own

Forcing your baby to exercise or to do activities that he is not ready or interested in may cause negative effects.When your baby is ready to start, check if your baby looks unhappy or uncomfortable, which means your baby doesn’t want to continue playing.

Keep your baby full of vitality

Nutrition is important for physical development, so is exercise. You should always provide enough nutrients and minerals to keep your baby active.

Be a good role model

Be a good example for your baby, you are like a baby’s mirror; If you are healthy, your baby will be healthy, and you will be on the road to health together.

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