Babies cry a lot, especially in the
first 2 months. Crying is your child's first way of communicating.
of time your baby spends crying usually increases from birth until your baby is
about 6 to 8 weeks old. After that, your baby will gradually cry less as he or
she finds other ways of communicating or consoling himself or herself.
child is crying, try to identify the type of cry. It helps to go through a
mental checklist of what might be wrong and make sure your child is safe and
As you respond to the young child's other signals
(such as whimpering, facial expressions, and wiggling), the child will usually
cry less. For more information, see the topic
Crying, Age 3 and Younger.
Babies love to put objects into their
mouths. To keep your baby from choking:
careful about the size of toys he or she plays with.
- Watch out for everyday
items that your baby could swallow, such as coins.
- Be careful as you begin
introducing solid foods to your baby around 6
months of age. Help
prevent choking on food by not
giving your child round, firm foods, such as hot dogs, unless you first
completely chop them into very small pieces.
Diaper rash occurs most often in babies who are 9 to 12 months
old. Even though a diaper rash is uncomfortable, normally it isn't serious. Usually the rash clears up when you:
- Change diapers more often.
careful about cleaning your baby's bottom.
- Apply nonprescription
ointments to the rash.
For more information, see the topic
Your baby is teething when his or her first teeth break through the gums. Teething usually begins around 6 months of age. But it can start at any time between 3 months and 12 months of age. Your baby may show signs of discomfort from sore and sensitive gums, be cranky, drool, and have other mild symptoms for a few days before a tooth breaks through the gum.
For more information, see the topic Teething.