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Your baby is already watching and listening to you. Talking, cuddling, hugs, and kisses are all ways that you can help your baby grow and develop.
At this age, your baby may look at faces and follow an object with his or her eyes. He or she may respond to sounds by blinking, crying, or appearing to be startled. Your baby may lift his or her head briefly while on the tummy. Your baby will likely have periods where he or she is awake for 2 or 3 hours straight. Although newborn sleeping and eating patterns vary, your baby will probably sleep for a total of 18 hours each day.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your baby's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: December 12, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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