In the previous article, we explained the growth of your baby when he/she turns 6 months old. There are many new changes for you but you need to know how to handle them.
In this article, we will explain some points to keep in mind in daily life for your 6-month-old baby.
My baby is biting my nipple! What can I do to prevent it?
When baby teeth begin to erupt, babies begin to experience itchy gums. As a result, many children become cranky or begin to cry at night around the time their baby teeth begin to erupt.
Another problem that troubles they may bite your nipples while breastfeeding. Babies at this time will chew on soft toys to relieve the itching sensation in their gums. This leads them to chew on their mother’s breast during breastfeeding.
Although the newly erupted baby teeth are small and thin, a strong bite on the nipple will inevitably cause severe pain. The bleeding and pain can make it impossible to continue breastfeeding.
To avoid such a situation, it is advisable to allow the baby to play with a teething toy before feeding to alleviate the itching sensation in the gums.
Also, if you let the baby put the nipple deep into the mouth up to the areola, the teeth will be less likely to hit the nipple in the event of a bite. If the nipple wound is painful, do not continue direct breastfeeding and use a nipple protector.
6-month-old babies begin to be shy.
When they see unfamiliar people, they become afraid of them, crying loudly and rejecting them.
By the age of 6 months, babies’ eyesight and brain functions have developed considerably, and they are able to clearly recognize people who are familiar to them, such as their mothers and fathers. They feel secure with the people they recognize and build a trusting relationship with them.
On the other hand, they also learn to distinguish between unfamiliar people and familiar people, so when they see unfamiliar people, they seek out familiar people to gain a sense of security and become grumpy. This is believed to be the mechanism of shyness.
The timing and extent of the onset of shyness vary from baby to baby, but it often begins around the age of 6 months.
For some mothers and fathers, shyness in babies can be annoying. However, shyness is an important part of the baby’s growth process. Hold your baby in your arms until he or she feels comfortable, and gradually take your baby out into the world.
Precautions for 6-month-old babies
Newborn babies are less susceptible to colds because of the immunity they have inherited from their mothers through the placenta. The effect of this immunity lasts for about six months after birth.
On the other hand, after the age of six months, the effect of immunity from the mother begins to disappear, and the baby becomes more susceptible to colds and infections. Moreover, since babies’ bodies are still immature at this stage, catching cold often leads to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
Therefore, once your baby turns 6 months old, you should take infection control measures such as hand washing and hand sanitizing more thoroughly than ever before to protect your baby. It is also important to refrain as much as possible from using public transportation during rush hours and in shopping malls on weekends and holidays when there are large numbers of unspecified people gathered together during epidemics such as flu.
You will see many changes again when your baby turns 6 months old. Many things may annoy you or hurt your body, however, these are the important points in the development of your baby. You need to know the reason and how to handle them.