11-Week-Old Babies: An Overview
How time flies! It has almost been three months since your little bundle graced the world with his or her presence. You have watched him change radically from a completely helpless newborn to this acutely aware, growing ball of wonder. If you have been dealing with a baby with colic, relief may be just around the corner.
Right about now, your little one might be adding a wonderful new addition to his collection of expressions. When overwhelmed with joy about a newfound discovery or interaction, you might just hear your little guy come down with a big ol' case of the giggles
! Seeing your baby react like this may be one of the funnier things you have seen. It's time to get that home-movie recorder out and have it ready!
As your baby heads into his 12th week, take heart that he will likely not be receiving any infant immunizations this month. In the meantime, this might be a good time to learn a little about the immunizations that are typically given at the upcoming 4-month well baby visit.
The Hib vaccine
is one of those shots given to infants at 4 months. This vaccine defends primarily against Haemophilus influenzae
type b, which is the bacteria that causes Hib
disease. Hib disease can affect many different parts of the body, including the lungs (pneumonia
), the brain (meningitis
), and the ears (otitis media). Up to 6 percent of cases result in death and 20 percent of surviving patients have permanent hearing loss or other long-term complications. Because of the Hib vaccine, cases of Hib disease have decreased by 99 percent.