Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Des | 2009-07-20

Q.

Smiling &  giggling milestones

Hi doc

My dughter is going to be 11 weeks on thursday, i see the other mommies with babies around 11/12/13 weeks all have babies that giggle and laugh and stuff. My child was smiling up until she got sick last week and this morning i managed to get a smile out of her... Im worried that im not loving her enough or stimulating her enough to make her giggle... Im really starting to get a complex....

So how do I stimultae my 11 week old baby so that she laughs and smiles. Can I tickle her? i try acting funny but she just looks at me like ive crawled out of cheese?

basically should I worry about my childs development if she isnt reaching these milestones, and when is the latest I should wait until I take her back to her paed?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Smiling in babies usually starts around 6 weeks of age. Your bay was smiling but has beeen ill lately and is probably still not feeling better.She will start smiling again. Just treat her as you would normally and don't try to force a smile out of her.

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Posted by: tlee | 2009-07-21

Hi Des

Just some advice from another new mommy -
I found with my baby that a natural smile and laugh from me encourages him to do the same. He is not interested in funny faces and forced laughter. Also, when you do something funny make a big smile afterwards because i think sometimes they don' t realise you are trying to be funny until they see that you find it funny. They react based on how you react to things cos they don' t know any better.

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