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5-Month-Old Baby (23 Weeks)

6-Month Immunization Review

At your child's upcoming 6-month physical, she will most likely be receiving her third dose of the Hib vaccine. Before the Hib vaccine, Hib disease (also known as Haemophilus influenzae type b disease) was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis among children younger than five years old in the United States.
In fact, before this vaccine was widely available, 20,000 children in the United States under five years old got severe Hib disease. Even though the number of cases has dwindled significantly since the 1980s, it is very important that the vaccinations continue, because the germs that cause Hib disease are extremely contagious and strong.
(To learn more about how the Hib vaccine protects against Haemophilus influenzae and Meningitis, click here.)

Considering Daycare

If you are heading back to work or playing with the idea of going back, you may want to consider your options in terms of daycare. When it comes time to narrow down your options, stop and think about what is feasible for your family and what is best for your baby.
Check out this list of questions to ask yourself regarding childcare:
  • Are they licensed? If so, by whom?
  • What are the hours? Are they flexible?
  • What are the costs involved?
  • Where are they located in relation to my home and my workplace?
  • What are the staff qualifications?
  • What is the staff-to-child ratio?
(Click Daycare to learn some other things that you should think about.)

Helpful Tips for Parents of a 5-Month-Old Baby

Enjoy this time. Your baby is rapidly getting quick and mobile. As she approaches areas or objects that are off limits, instead of saying "no" to everything, try redirecting her, or even telling her "that is not okay" or "danger." This way, you are teaching her what is right and wrong, rather than just saying "no" to what seems to be everything in her world.
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