If you haven't yet had a chance to get your flu vaccine for this season, this is a great weekend to get it done. Most communities, peds offices and pharmacies around the country will be hosting community flu clinics.
Children less than 9 years old who have never received a flu vaccine should get two doses of vaccine separated by one month. Ideally, we'd like to see our patients get their (one or two) flu vaccine(s) before Influenza arrives.
Many babies will start to roll from their front to back around 4 months of age and from the back to front between 5-6 months of age.
What things can you do to help your baby achieve these milestones?
You can start tummy time as early as 4-6 weeks with supervised time on the floor or chest to chest with a parent. Start in small time intervals and work your way up to 10 minutes total for the day.
Rolling up a towel and placing it under your your baby's arm pits can help prop him up enough so that his face isn't smashed in the carpet.
Another trick is to take a beach ball and inflate it about 2/3 of the way. Hold your baby on top of the ball and rock back and forth to simulate tummy time. This encourages building strong neck and back muscles.
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Until 5 years ago there was not a booster vaccine for pertussis available to people over 7 years old. As we get older, our immunity to pertussis has waned and there are many teens and adults who are susceptible to pertussis.
In many parts of the country, especially California, pertussis is reaching levels not seen since the 1950's and 6 infants have died already this year.
It is estimated that up to 50% of time infants catch pertussis from a close contact (like a mom or dad). The push is on to boost the immunity of all teens and adults, especially new moms and dads, by using the Tdap vaccine (known as Adacel or Boostrix).
Not everyone gets full protection from this vaccine, so the more people around your baby who are vaccinated, the better protected the baby will be.
It would be great if you, dad and your 10 year old were able to get the vaccine sooner than later.
At four months of age many babies will start to laugh and squeal, adding to the happiness of your day.
Their hands tend to be more open (and less fisted) so they will be interested in reaching for objects and may try to bring it to their mouths.
If they get enough tummy time, you should expect to see your 4 month old attempt to roll from front to back.
At 4 months, babies are much more social and you will notice that they are generally happier when they are upright and can see what is going on. You may notice that feedings take longer if there are a lot of distractions, like older brothers and sisters playing in the same room.
Enjoy this time with your baby, the fun is just getting started