As your baby explores and gains control over her body and uses her senses, you can support her achievements by understanding the developmental stage she is in and preparing for the stage she will reach next.
You can play an active role in strengthening your baby’s wellness and immunity. This section explains how your baby’s body develops, and offers activities and practices for you to help her thrive.
Health experts recommend that mothers breast-feed their babies for six months as their exclusive form of nourishment. They also suggest that mothers continue breast-feeding as a primary food source after introducing solid foods and other liquids to their babies.
Cold compresses can cause blood vessels to contract, so they reduce heat and swelling, and are used for acute injuries. Warm compresses increase circulation by dilating the blood vessels in areas that are constricted or tight. They are used for chronic conditions.
Your conscious encouragement of movement, play, and exercise promotes your baby’s physical health, as well as her emotional and mental growth and development.
Acupoint massage can be used when your baby isn’t feeling well. Short, repetitive acupoint treatments will have the most impact on your child’s condition.
When your baby is not feeling well, the remedy can often involve regulating and strengthening her digestive system, by providing foods with specific healing properties.
Offering your child fermented foods will help her develop a wide diversity of flora in her gut, which has multiple health benefits.
Encouraging your child to swim can offer benefits to his whole development in many ways.
Some questions to ask yourself as you look for a healthcare provider for your baby.