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Babies grow quickly during the first year of life. Weight, length, and head circumference measurements are plotted on growth charts to monitor your baby's growth over time. Most babies:
The soft spots, or fontanelles, on top of a baby's skull start to close at 6 months.
When your baby is about 6 months old, teething may start. Teeth may not yet break through the gums at this age. But your baby may drool, chew on objects or hands, and act fussy from the pressure of new teeth coming in.
Keep in mind that each baby is different. Growth patterns can change between routine well-child checkups. If you have concerns, talk to your doctor about the many things that can affect your baby's growth.
Current as of:
September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: John Pope MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineLouis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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