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Your Baby, Week 47

adorable pouting little boyYour baby is learning to solve simple problems through trial and error.

Your baby uses problem-solving skills when he asks you to get a toy he can’t reach. Your baby is also learning that objects have particular functions by imitating what adults do with them. For instance, instead of banging your hairbrush on the floor, he may try to brush his own hair.

You may notice that your baby’s development will temporarily stall in one area, like speech, while it takes off in another, such as learning to walk. When baby puts a lot of energy into a certain skill, others may lag, and that’s OK.

Where has my mommy gone?

Has your baby suddenly become upset when you leave the room? Is he suddenly crying with familiar people like grandparents and babysitters? Learn about this normal part of growing up.

Protect your baby from ear infections

94% of children develop an ear infection before age 2. Are there risk factors? How can I protect my baby? Learn about the symptoms, risk factors and treatment.

Hiccups. Belching. Stomachache. Sound like a case of heartburn?

It isn’t an adults-only condition. If your baby has some of these symptoms, she may have gastroesophageal reflux. If feeding changes don’t bring relief, your doctor may prescribe medications to help. Learn more about GER - the most common cause of vomiting in infancy.

Questions about your child's illness?

Use our online Symptom Checker.

With advice endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Methodist Physicians Clinic we feature over 90 common conditions.