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What is the definition or description of: Poor head control?

What is the definition or description of: Poor head control?

Weak neck: In pediatrics, this usually means that the child's neck muscles aren't strong/developed enough to give the child good control of their head (unable to hold the head up when supported in a sitting position, for example) ...Read more

Poor Head Control (Definition)

In pediatrics, this usually means that the child's neck muscles aren't strong/developed enough to give the child good control of their head (unable to hold the head up when supported in a ...Read more


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My baby is 4 months. Can she start using a walker/bouncer? She has good head control and can sit supported.

My baby is 4 months. Can she start using a walker/bouncer? She has good head control and can sit supported.

When able to sit up: Walkers and jumpers do not help a baby learn to walk. Walkers and jumpers are ok to use under adult supervision, and for less than 30-60 minutes at one time. They are not for keeping a toddler in, without supervision. Dangers include crashing into furniture corners, flipping over, falling down stairs, and sliding through the seat (possibly getting tangled up and possibly getting choked). ...Read more

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Can I prop up my 7w baby during tummy time. She has great head control but struggles a little bit with her forearms. Is this an issue?

Can I prop up my 7w baby during tummy time. She has great head control but struggles a little bit with her forearms. Is this an issue?

It's ok.: You just have to be careful and supervise. Why don't you go to the internet and check out the video "Tummy Time: Why and How to Do It" , sponsored by Tommee Tippee. It's a very nice video. And you will see that some of the babies in the video aren't too thrilled with, and struggle with tummy time too! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Delayed head control?

What is the definition or description of: Delayed head control?

Cannot hold head: When a baby cannot support his head it is delayed head control--shows poor muscle strength of neck muscles. ...Read more

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3 month old, good head control, trys to stand on his legs when i try to put him down, can I let him stand with support or should I keep stopping him?

3 month old, good head control, trys to stand on his legs when i try to put him down, can I let him stand with support or  should I keep stopping him?

Prop reflex: A 3 mo will extend his/her legs to prop as a standard reflex, it is not an effort to stand. This reflex disappears between 6-9 mo as kids nervous system prepares for voluntary standing. You will not make him bow legged by doing this, but it is more a parlor trick at this age than anything.There are more appropriate things to do with a 3 mo. ...Read more

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Can someone with cerebral palsy with spasticity gain head control later on?

Can someone with cerebral palsy with  spasticity gain head control later on?

Yes: Infants with poor head control and spasticity due to cerebral palsy can later develop head control. Older children (>3 yrs) are unlikely to do so. ...Read more

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When will my baby be able to control his head?

When will my baby be able to control his head?

3 mo, if not see dr: Unsteady head after 3 mo of age should be mentioned to your doctor. Physical therapy, as part of the early intervention program, does a great job of improving strength and other developmental outcomes. ...Read more

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When will my baby be able to control her head movement?

When will my baby be able to control her head movement?

First several weeks: Infants can move there heads at birth and over the first 2 months this improves greatly. ...Read more

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My 17 month old baby girls have hairy head and back what can i do for control.

My 17 month old baby girls have hairy head and back what can i do for control.

Excessive hair in : females on parts of the body where men usually grow hair is hirsutism. Females of Middle Eastern, South Asian & Mediterranean ancestry are more likely to be hirsute than other ethnicities. Their pediatrician can rule out genetic & other medical disorders that cause ^ed male hormones, androgens, like Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, & check their growth & development. Leave the hair alone for now. ...Read more

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35w4d US shows baby's abdomen larger than head- est wt 6lb9oz. With strict diet will baby even out by 39 weeks for vag delivery? Well controlled GD.

35w4d US shows baby's abdomen larger than head- est wt 6lb9oz. With strict diet will baby even out by 39 weeks for vag delivery? Well controlled GD.

More detail : You will need to go over the specific details of the sonogram with your doctor. Ask if the enlarged abdomen is cause for concern or if it just a slight variation of normal. Poorly controlled Gestational diabetes leads to overall fetal growth especially in the shoulders not the abdomen ...Read more

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Is there long term damage of not engaging in tummy time at 7 weeks? Baby's head seems well controlled but tummy time on blanket on the floor is awful

Is there long term damage of not engaging in tummy time at 7 weeks? Baby's head seems well controlled but tummy time on blanket on the floor is awful

??: Are you saying that your baby hates being on his or her tummy? I have found that LOTS of babies hate tummy time. They do tolerate it better if mom lies on the floor with them and they can see her. And time it right, not when hungry, tired or full. The "experts" say that infants who don't get tummy time are slower to develop motor skills. But they DO catch up. So you decide whether its worth it. ...Read more

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My baby keeps sucking on his bottom lip is this bad? What doea it mean? And her age 1 year 6 months. Also please advice how to stop / control ?

My baby keeps sucking on his bottom lip is this bad? What doea it mean? And her age 1 year 6 months. Also please advice how to stop / control ?

No worries: It is ok. You do not need to control it or stop it. We all find self soothing techniques and this may be hers. Unless she is biting it til it bleeds and creating other problems it is not an issue. ...Read more

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I'm not on any birth control so the doc assumes i wana have a baby so he gave me some vitamins will they help with hair & skin to?

I'm not on any birth control so the doc assumes i wana have a baby so he gave me some vitamins will they help with hair & skin to?

Prenatal Vitamins: I think your doctor does not assume you want a baby as much as he wants a potential pregancy to be as healthy as possible. Prenatal vitamins, especially folic acid, will help to prevent birth defects as well as help make sure you are both getting your necessary vitamins for optimal health. Prenatal vitamins do help with healthy hair and skin, especially if your diet is lakcing any nutrients. ...Read more

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My baby has fever blister on tongue n redness of gums n 2 pimple lik rash on face with v poor appetite?

My baby has fever blister on tongue n redness of gums n 2 pimple lik rash on face with v poor appetite?

Maybe herpetic virus: If you or someone close to the baby has herpes -- cold sores, etc. Then it is possible that your baby has gotten them. What you described is consistent with a primary (1st time) herpetic infection. Get to the pediatrician asap for diagnosis and any treatment. ...Read more

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How can I stop my child from reaching stuff above her head?

How can I stop my child from reaching stuff above her head?

Move stuff farther: Children are naturally curious, so it is not possible to stop them from trying to reach for stuff above their heads. Therefore, the parents must move the stuff up so high that the kids won't even bother trying to reach the stuff. Also, remove any means by which the kids could climb up (climbing can be dangerous when a child falls). ...Read more

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Is there any relation between child nutrition and head growth?

Is there any relation between child  nutrition and head growth?

Yes: Extreme malnutrition is the most common cause of growth retardation worldwide. When a child becomes malnourished, specially within the first 2 years of life, the first thing to go is weight gain, followed by length and ultimately head circumference. Incredible how your brain will be protected until the end! ...Read more

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Can a head injury stop growth in a child?

Can a head injury stop growth in a child?

Possible: If the pituitary gland is damaged in a head injury production of growth hormone as well as other hormones could not only stop or slow growth ...Read more