Your Baby, Week 39

baby playing in trash canYour pediatrician may suggest a blood test to check your baby’s iron level when she’s between nine and 12 months of age. A deficiency in iron can cause anemia, which is linked to developmental delays. However, due to widespread use of iron-fortified formula and iron-fortified baby cereals, anemia in babies is not the problem it once was.

You may want to ask your pediatrician about having your baby’s lead level checked, too, especially if you live in an area of older homes or near an industrial site. Lead can harm a baby’s development and cause brain damage.

Watch out for falls

Your baby is really moving - and soon will be walking. Learn about keeping her safe from falling inside your home and out.

Normal baby breathing

If you listen closely, you’ll notice that your baby’s breathing isn’t like yours. Babies breathe much more frequently and with different patterns than adults. Here’s how to recognize normal breathing in your infant—and how to spot signs of respiratory distress.

A guide to immunizations

Your little one will need several immunization shots to help protect her from several childhood diseases, some of which can be deadly. Wondering which shots your child needs, and when? Check out our handy chart.

We also help you know what to do in the event of a minor reaction.