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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

Poor Head Control (Definition)

Poor head control is a symptom in which a person cannot control the position or movements of his head properly. Poor head control can be due to muscle weakness, brain/nerve ...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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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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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 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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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?

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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Does head banging mean that my child is in pain?

Does head banging mean that my child is in pain?

No: Head banging is ok if it happens once in a while, if a baby is otherwise normally developing, and the baby outgrows it and doesn't do it later. Babies like to interact with their environment, which includes hitting things with the hands, kicking things with the feet, and banging things with the head. However, in a baby who behaves oddly in any other way, headbanging may be a serious problem. ...Read more

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How do doctors know if I child has a head injury?

How do doctors know if I child has a head injury?

We don't...: ...You do, or whoever saw the child get hurt. We do know how serious a head injury may be, by something called the glasgow coma scale: http://www.Unc.Edu/~rowlett/units/scales/glasgow.Htm we use that to decide how to manage the injury. Of course, if there is an obvious wound, that will need to be treated as well. ...Read more

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