Your 10-month-old: Week 3

Your 10-month-old: Week 3

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How your baby's growing

Your baby is constantly adding new skills to his repertoire. He may "walk" while you're gripping his hands, and he may even hold out an arm or leg to help you dress him. At mealtimes, he probably wants to drink from his own sippy cup and feed himself. Many babies like to throw their cup or plate from the highchair for fun (and to see your reaction), so you may need to be alert and stop him before he launches what's left of his meal into the air.

  • Learn more fascinating facts about your 10-month-old's development.

Your life: Functioning on less sleep

It's hard to deal with life when you're short on shut-eye. Here are some strategies for those moments when your lack of sleep catches up with you:

Constantly oversleeping because of bad nights? Turn up the volume on your alarm – and set it to that annoying tone you hate. Make sure you're setting it for a reasonable hour and not an overly optimistic one. You might even place the alarm across the room so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off.

Groggy all day long? Perk up with a caffeinated beverage or two if need be, but then switch to decaf or no-caf after lunchtime. Too much caffeine will overstimulate your body and lead to sleeping problems at night – and if you limit the java jolts, the caffeine will be more effective when you do have a cup. Also try to do your most detail-oriented tasks early in the day, when you're sharpest.

Dragging midday? If you're at work, try a 15-minute nap in your car during break time. If you're in a long meeting, sip on a cold drink to help you stay alert. Taking a short stroll outdoors can also revive you. If you're at home, try to rest or nap during your child's naptime.

Learn about: Antibiotics

Why won't my baby's doctor prescribe antibiotics whenever my baby is sick?

Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria – they don't help at all in fighting viruses, the culprit behind colds, the flu, and many respiratory illnesses. So if your baby has any of these conditions, antibiotics won't help. In fact, giving your baby antibiotics when they're not necessary actually makes bacteria more resistant to treatment, which can cause problems when your baby really does need bacteria-fighting medicine. Also, antibiotics aren't without their own risks. As with any medicine, they can produce side effects or even serious allergic reactions. In fact, the overprescription of antibiotics is a growing concern in the medical community.

Can I stop giving my baby antibiotics when it seems like he's feeling better?

No. Give the full course of prescribed antibiotics, just as your baby's doctor directs. Stopping any earlier may not eliminate the illness completely or may cause other, more serious health problems.

What if my baby throws up or spits out a dose?

If your baby vomited right after taking the antibiotics or gagged on the medicine so that most of it came right back out of her mouth, it's okay to give another dose. But try figuring out why she vomited – because she gagged or because she's sick? Ask the doctor for suggestions on how to make a medication easier to swallow. Your local pharmacy may also be able to add special flavorings to certain medicines to make them more palatable to your baby.

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