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Our Baby's First Two Years
by Robert M. Selig, M.D., FAAP & Joann C. Cozza, D.O., FAAP

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DOCTOR'S SUGGESTIONS:

 

1. Sleeping: Try placing your baby in the crib while awake to help teach him/her to fall asleep without your help. If you have problems getting your baby to sleep, avoid bringing him/her into your bed. Bad habits are tough to break. Let your baby cry at night when not sick. Eventually, your baby will learn to go back to sleep. How long you let your baby cry depends on your level of anxiety. Be patient. Crying will not hurt your baby.

2. Stranger anxiety: Expect some fear of all others at this age, even grandparents. This fear worsens when your baby is picked up by others and/or when Mom or Dad leave the room. Reassurance that you will return, and patience, will get you through this sometimes trying, but normal stage.

3. Baby Sitters: Be sure to choose someone who is responsible, experienced, and willing to listen to your directions. They must be willing to give their undivided attention to your baby.

4. Language: Vocabulary is learned by imitating, so don't talk in baby talk.

5. How Well Does My Baby See? Visual acuity gradually improves to 20/20 (normal) by age 4-5 years. By 4 months, your baby will be starting to follow you around the room. Do not underestimate how well your baby can see!

 

AGE AVERAGE UNCORRECTED ACUITY

 

Birth 5/200

1 year 20/200

2 years 20/40

3 years 20/30

4 years 20/25

5 years 20/20

 

___Vi-Daylin/F ADC + Iron Drops-one dropperful daily

___Fluoride (Pediaflor)-0.25 mg/day

 

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