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2-Month-Old Baby (8 Weeks)

Car Seat Safety and the 2-Month-Old Baby

By now, you have likely traveled with your baby in the car a few times. Are you sure that the car safety seat was installed correctly? According to Safe Kids Worldwide (a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injuries), more than 70 percent of child safety seats are improperly installed. There are definitely some seats out on the market that are trickier than others.
As your baby gets bigger, pay careful attention to the height and weight limits on the seats. Look at where her head rests on the seat back. If your baby is taller than the upper limits of a seat and her head is sneaking up past the top, it is time to move to a rear-facing convertible seat.
When shopping for a car safety seat for your baby, start by reading about each seat's safety ratings. Once you get a good idea as to which brands and models are reported to be the safest, look at the added features. Your baby will not be protected in a seat that does not accommodate her particular size.

Babies and Medication

By now, it is possible that you have weathered your baby's first bout with minor illness. It may have been an ear infection, a little cold, and/or a fever. If you do suspect that your child may be coming down with something, consult his or her healthcare provider before giving any over-the-counter medications.
Some good rules to live by when considering medications for infants are:
  • Do not give Baby Motrin or Infant Tylenol to your baby unless specifically directed by her healthcare provider.
  • Never give a baby aspirin or products containing aspirin. Aspirin products have been linked to Reye's Syndrome in infants.
  • Use a proper measuring device when giving your baby medicine. Don't try to "eyeball it."
  • If your baby's healthcare provider prescribes antibiotics, make sure the entire prescription is taken, even if the symptoms disappear quickly.
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