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Health & Safety

Fever and illness

By this stage, the infection-fighting antibodies with which babies are born begin to diminish. At the same time, a baby’s own immune system starts to produce its own antibodies, but is not yet working at full capacity. Baby is now able to reach out and grab stuff, bringing him into contact with a lot more potential sources of germs. Combine this with the fact that many babies have older siblings, or are exposed to other children in day-care, and it makes sense that many babies are more likely to catch colds at this age. Attempting to keep your baby’s hands and toys clean and out of direct contact with others who are sick may be a losing battle, but it may be worth making some degree of effort whenever possible. Babies who are breastfed still get the benefit of their mother’s antibodies through the breast milk, and may get fewer colds or milder symptoms than they would otherwise.

It is not always easy to tell if babies are ill as they don’t necessarily present with a fever. If baby is listless, pale, has dark rings under the eyes, is irritable or has a loss of appetite, he could be ill and should be seen by a medical professional.

Remember to continue taking baby for routine immunisations.


While babies drool for many reasons, teething is one of the most common causes at this age, since teeth commonly make their first appearance during these months. The common pattern of teething (if there is such a thing) is for the bottom, centre teeth to cut first, followed by the 2 upper front teeth and then the 2 on either side of them. That said, for some babies it will be months before their first tooth erupts, and for others, they will show up in a completely different order. Some may come in all at once while others take their own sweet time, and then poke through one at a time. Teething can cause a variety of discomforts from excessive drooling and mild irritability to a low grade temperature and an upset stomach. You should discuss the use of medicines or other teething treatments and remedies with your baby’s doctor or clinic nurse.


While your baby is not likely to be able to get into too much trouble at this age, it is your job, as a parent, to anticipate what she will soon be able to do and make sure that her surroundings are safety-proofed accordingly. At this age, that means never leaving her at any height unattended or unsecured, since she’s likely to begin rolling at any time now (if she hasn’t already). And given that she’s becoming more mobile, take the time now to crawl around your house and protect sharp corners, secure electrical cords, cover electrical outlets, remove small objects, and place all dangerous or fragile objects safely out of reach.