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Baby Holds Head Back Too Far
My daughter was trying to hold our 4 day old baby and she let go of her head a little and it flopped back pretty hard. Can this cause any damage?
Yes: When you say " flopped back pretty hard" this concerns me. Please bring the baby in for an exam by the pediatrician in the morning. Careful retinal exam is in order. If baby has poor feeding, vomiting or listlessness, bring her to ER now and just tell the story exactly as it happened. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Baby just started rolling over back to front-rolls over halfway in his crib now and his head stays cocked back really far. Is this okay for his neck?
Should be fine.: Thanks for your question. Our necks are very flexible and so can move in many directions quite safely. As long as a person is putting their head in a certain position all by themselves, the position is typically safe. Trouble occurs when we place infants in positions that force them into unnatural postures. ...Read more
Is there an alternative to formula? I'm headed back to work soon and won't be able to nurse during the day. My baby is 9 months.
Development: Head control emerges and fully develops from about 1 month to 6 months of age as the neck muscles get stronger. By 2 to 3 months the head becomes stronger and he can lift his head about 45 degrees when he is on his tummy. ...Read more
Sometimes: Having a preference to hold the head one way is not a problem. What you need to make sure is that she can move her head easily and freely both directions. If they lay too much with the head turned one way they may develop flattening of one side of the head. ...Read more
Confusing question: A baby born at term will have enough head control to hold it steady when pulled up by its arms by 4 months.Earlier it lags behind the level of the body. It can turn its head aide to side at birth. ...Read more
I know heads can be formed in all shapes & sizes but is it normal for the back of a 4mo old baby's head to be flat?
Yes: Yes this is generally a normal finding. The skull of a baby is very malleable and still "growing". The shape can still change at this point. Speak with your primary doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more
My baby girl 2 1/2 had a fall from bed last night ( i didn't see if she hit her head), she cried and she slept back, today was well, any advice?
Depends: A fall can produce variable problems.A fall to carpeted or cushioned floor with no loss of consciousness is unlikely to produce damage. If into a corner or edge with a visible defect, a period of loss of consciousness, dizziness or disorientation or recurrent vomiting, i'd go see the dr. If the kid cried immediately, rubbed head & resumed play at similar intensity, i'd monitor at home. ...Read more
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