1. Your Baby’s Nutritional Needs One of the most important tips to take care of a six-month-old baby is your baby’s diet and nutrition. By six months your baby is all set for solid foods because by this age not only his body’s nutritional demands have increased, but his developing digestive system is ready for solid foods too. Also, breast milk lacks iron, and it is very important for your baby’s growth and thus giving fortified cereals to your baby will be a good idea. You can give pureed fruits to your baby too. However, milk will still be the main source of nutrition to your baby, and your baby may still be on the breast or formula milk till he turns one. But it will be a good idea to start giving sipper cup to your baby once in a while. 2. Your Baby’s Sleep Sleep is very important for healthy growth of your baby. Make sure your baby takes two to three naps in a day and sleeps for almost 10 hours at night. It is recommended that you follow a sleep-schedule for your baby and try to put your baby to sleep almost at the same time every day. Ensure there are no distractions in the room and you create a calm and peaceful environment for your baby. Babies at this age become quite aware of their surroundings and may get easily distracted. 3. Your Baby’s Developmental Milestones Your little one is very active by the time he turns six months. He is able to roll, sit with support, babble a few words and does various other things. Your baby may feel wary of strangers and may feel comfortable with people he sees on a regular basis. All these developmental changes may make your baby little demanding. It is very important for you as a parent to keep your calm and meet and tend to your baby’s requirements. It may get a bit daunting, and it is recommended that you may ask for help from family members and friends. 4. Your Baby’s Teething By six months of age your baby begins teething, and this can be a difficult time for your baby. Your baby’s gums may feel itchy, and he may drool all the time. Your baby will put start to put things in his mouth. It is suggested that you get good teething toys for your baby and make sure you keep them clean. Massing your baby’s gums is a good way of relieving itching. 5. Your Baby’s Communicational Skills Your baby is well aware of his surroundings by this age, though he may not talk or understand much. It is very important that you talk, sing and read to your baby. You can play games such as peek-a-boo, read a book with bigger and brighter pictures or simply sing a lullaby to your baby. Your baby is listening to you and building up his vocabulary. 6. Your Baby’s Health And Well-Being Your baby will get his third set of vaccinations by this age. Your baby may get following vaccinations by six months of age: Feature Image Source
Scans that are needed after second trimester
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Knowing the number and types of scans that a pregnant woman needs to undergo during their pregnancy can help them prepare mentally for it. Though the most important scan during your pregnancy is the anomaly scan that is offered at 20 weeks or half-way through your pregnancy, one might have to undergo further scans if they have had complications in their previous or present pregnancy.
Usually, a doctor keeps a track of the growing baby by measuring the fundal height, the distance between the front of your pelvis to the top of your womb, your weight, and the baby bump. They would record your blood pressure regularly. They would measure your insulin levels once in the starting and if you are not prone to developing diabetes or gestational diabetes, then once towards the end. However, they might opt for blood and urine samples to keep an eye on blood levels and infections. If they do detect a problem with any of these tests, they might ask you to undergo a scan, but only as a secondary level test to check on something particular.
If your doctor feels that the measurement of the baby bump and the fundal height do not match or are not as expected, then they might ask you to take the growth scan. You might also be asked to take a scan, if your doctor feels that there is more amniotic fluid than normal. Other reasons for asking you to opt for a scan could include:
Monitoring position of the baby (especially if breech), placenta, and umbilical cord
Checking on twins, triplets or other multiple births
Screening the working of the heart and placenta
A point to note here is that your doctor would not ask you to take the growth scan if the baby seems bigger, but the rest of the symptoms of the pregnancy are normal. This is because once the third trimester starts, the baby takes on an individualistic shape and size. They no longer conform to general rules and develop as per their genes. Also, as they grow, it becomes more and more difficult to measure them.
A growth scan shows how the baby is growing, by measuring their blood flow, checking their movements and measuring them. Baby movements include things like stretching, flexing, moving arms and legs, wiggling toes and fingers, opening and closing hands and moving tongue and lips. Inability to do these indicates a lack of oxygen, increasing the chances of a premature delivery.
What a growth scan would not show is the baby weight, source of bleeding, if any, or the correctness of the due date.
Though ultrasound scans are absolutely normal, with no side effects for either the mother or the baby, be assured that your doctor would recommend these only when they are medically absolutely essential.