Your Four-Month-Old Baby: Understanding Normal Development and When to Seek Help

At four months, your baby is embarking on an exciting journey of growth. They should be making good eye contact, cooing, and even trying to roll over. Their little personality is starting to shine through!

It's important to know that every baby develops at their own pace. So, don't be alarmed if your friend's baby is doing something your little one isn't just yet. We all have our unique timelines.

But what if you notice something concerning? 

It's essential to trust your instincts as parents. Here are some signs that might indicate it's time to seek help:

  • Feeding Issues: If your baby is not gaining weight or struggling with feeding.
  • Limited Eye Contact: Persistent avoidance of eye contact can be a cause for concern.
  • No Smiles or Sounds: If your baby isn't responding with smiles, coos, or babbles.
  • Poor Head Control: Difficulty holding up their head or not showing interest in their surroundings.
  • Lack of Motor Skills: Not attempting to roll over or grasp objects.

If you notice any of these signs, please reach out to a healthcare professional. Early intervention can make a world of difference in your child's development.

Remember, parenting is a journey filled with ups and downs. Your baby is unique and special. Celebrate their achievements, no matter how small they may seem. And always feel free to ask questions or seek guidance from your pediatrician.

Dr. Melanie Suaris is a board certified pediatrician serving Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Care Center at Galloway (Kendall) Phone: 305-271-4711

Published on: 10/20/2023

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