Your 7-month-old: Week 2

Your 7-month-old: Week 2

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How your baby's growing

By now, you may have already told your baby that your phone isn't a toy, or that rattles aren't for throwing, or that her sister's hair isn't for pulling. At this age, your baby may begin testing your authority by refusing to follow your simple directions. She's not really being disobedient or willful – just curious.

Keep in mind that she simply can't remember things you tell her for more than a couple of seconds at a time. The best tactic is to use a simple "no" and then distract her.

  • Learn more fascinating facts about your 7-month-old's development.

Your life: Treating yourself well

Being responsible for a tiny person 24/7 or rushing from work to baby can be intense. A few midway-through-the-first-year reminders:

Stay healthy. Don't skimp on your own nutrition – whether or not you've lost your pregnancy weight. Avoid too much caffeine and alcohol: Their stimulating and calming effects are only temporary and can wind up making you feel worse later. Do some moderate exercise several times a week, even if it's just walking after parking your car a little farther from work. Allow yourself plenty of sleep, including naps if possible. And wash your hands a lot and avoid touching your eyes to prevent catching a cold, especially if your baby has much contact with other children.

Get out. Enjoy some fresh air by taking a walk or heading to a park with the stroller. Your baby is still small and portable, so take advantage of this before you've got a toddler on the go. Venture out on your own, too: Arrange an excursion with a friend or your partner for a little adult conversation, or treat yourself to another activity you miss.

Pamper yourself. Splurge on a massage, a facial, a manicure, or whatever makes you feel special. A nice long bath or shower can do wonders, too.

Get centered. Consider yoga, a stretching class, deep breathing, or other relaxation exercises.

Learn about: Anemia

What is anemia?

Anemia is a condition that occurs when the body's red blood cells contain a decreased amount of hemoglobin, a red pigment that delivers oxygen to the tissues and carts away the waste material, carbon dioxide.

Anemia has many causes, including nutritional deficiencies, genetic disorders, medications, infections, and chronic diseases. The most common cause of anemia in babies is iron deficiency, due to insufficient iron in your baby's diet, an inability to properly absorb iron from food, or ongoing blood loss (in the intestinal tract, for instance). Full-term babies are born with extra iron stores, but over the first six months of life their iron levels decrease and must be replaced.

Some kinds of anemia are inherited, such as the serious disorder sickle cell anemia, which is caused by abnormal hemoglobin. Sickle cell anemia is most common in African Americans.

What are the symptoms of anemia?

The most typical signs of anemia are pale skin and tiredness. Other signs include rapid heartbeat, irritability, loss of appetite, brittle nails, and a sore or swollen tongue. But it's common for a baby with anemia not to have any symptoms at all.

How is anemia diagnosed and treated?

If a blood test confirms that your baby's iron levels are too low, the doctor may recommend dietary changes or an iron supplement. Store iron supplements safely and follow directions for giving them carefully, as an iron overdose is very dangerous.

How can I prevent anemia in my baby?

You can prevent or treat the type of anemia caused by iron deficiency by making sure that your baby gets enough iron. What to do:

  • Determine whether your baby is at high risk for anemia. Risk factors include premature birth or low birth weight, inadequate iron in your own diet if you're breastfeeding, or a lack of iron-fortified formula in a formula-fed baby's diet. If you're concerned, ask your baby's doctor whether it would be a good idea to adjust his diet or add a supplement.
  • Don't feed your baby cow's milk before age 1. Cow's milk is low in iron and can irritate the lining of your baby's intestines, causing tiny losses of iron over time.
  • Feed your baby iron-fortified cereal, and starting around 8 months, introduce other foods rich in iron like beans, spinach, egg yolks, and lean meats, poultry, and fish.
  • Give your baby foods that are rich in vitamin C to help iron absorption. Some good choices: red bell peppers, papaya, cantaloupe, broccoli, strawberries, and oranges.

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