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5-Month-Old Baby (21 Weeks)

Bath-Time Dangers

Five months old is a great age for you and your baby. She's come a long way and is discovering new things every day. Bath time is more fun than ever. Splish-splashing around is always a good time.
 
However, because of your baby's newfound grasping skills, there are new things to be cautious of while bathing her.
 
If you are still bathing your baby in a baby bathtub in your kitchen sink, make sure your baby cannot reach:
 
  • Any dangerous items that might be near the sink (i.e., Brillo® pads or loose cutlery)
  • The faucet -- particularly the hot water faucet (to prevent burn injury)
  • Adult soaps -- from dishwashing detergent (which is extremely dangerous) to hand soap.
     
The kitchen sink can be a fun place, but it can also be a dangerous place. Before each bath, double check to make sure there is nothing near the sink that could hurt your baby.
 

Preventing Pertussis

In about 2 weeks, you are going to be bringing your little one in for his 6-month well baby checkup. At this visit, your baby will be receiving a number of immunizations. Before this appointment, you may want to learn about these vaccines, the diseases they aim to protect against, and the potential side effects.
 
One of the immunizations your baby will receive during that 6-month well visit is the DTaP shot. This shot immunizes against pertussis, diphtheria, and tetanus.
 
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a contagious infection of the respiratory system caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It is characterized by severe coughing spells that may end in a "whooping" sound when the infected person inhales (see Whooping Cough Symptoms).
 
Parents can help protect their very young infants by having them receive the DTaP vaccine and minimizing the exposure to people with cold symptoms or cough illness.
 
(Click Whooping Cough in Infants, to learn more about whooping cough.)
 
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