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6 Month Well Care

Immunizations

Fluoride

Please tell us at this visit if you have well water or are exclusively using bottled water for your drinking supply.  Have your well water checked for fluoride.

Growth & Development

  • Your baby now prefers his/her mother, babbles, enjoys mirrors, smiles at his/her reflection, and recognizes familiar voices.
  • Your baby can take an object in each hand and transfer an object between hands.
  • Your baby can now roll front to back and may also pivot.
  • Your baby may sit up briefly, leaning forward on his/her hands a rounded back.

Nutrition

  • Solids including vegetables, fruits and meats can be started. Remember to introduce no more than one new food every three days. Avoid honey until your child is one year old.
  • In order to recognize specific allergies, start only one new food at a time for three consecutive days before another new food is introduced.
  • Offer 1-2 tablespoons of solid food 2-3 times a day.

Safety

  • Place safety gates on stairs.
  • Lock up poisons, medicine and cleaning supplies.

Miscellaneous

  • This is a good time to begin to the introduction of a drinking cup with water.
  • The first tooth usually erupts between 5 and 9 months of age.  Use a soft cloth or toothbrush to clean each tooth with water only as it comes in.
  • Vitamins with fluoride may be prescribed at this time.

 

Next Visit: 9 month checkup