3-Month-Old Baby (14 Weeks)
An Introduction to ChickenpoxAlmost all moms out there have gone through their own bout of chickenpox, although many of us probably don't remember how miserable it was. Chickenpox is an infectious disease caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), a virus that is part of the herpes virus family. Chickenpox results in a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever.
Before the introduction of the varicella vaccine in 1995, approximately 4 million cases of chickenpox were reported annually, including 4,000 to 9,000 hospitalizations and 100 deaths. Since the introduction of the chickenpox vaccine, the number of cases has dropped dramatically.
Back in the day, moms actually tried to give all of their children the chickenpox at once to get it over with. These days, with the chickenpox vaccine being so widely available, oatmeal baths and calamine lotion coverage can be avoided almost completely.
All children between 12 months and 18 months of age should have one dose of chickenpox vaccine.
Helpful Tips for Parents of a 3-Month-Old BabyYour baby is listening and learning from everything you do and say. Right about now would be a great time to start reading to your baby. If you have been doing so already -- good for you. If not, it is a good time to start. It's a great way to soothe and bond with your baby. She already loves the sound of your voice, so let her hear it even more.