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What should I do if my baby hits his head?

What should I do if my baby hits his head?

Don't panic: Statistics show that 75% of children will fall from a height of three feet or less in the first year of life. Loss of consciousness, change in behavior, protracted vomiting, and increasing lethargy are concerns and the child needs to be seen immediately. If the child cries and responds normally, serious injury is not likely. Call your physician for more information if worried. ...Read more

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I have a cyst on my ovaries the size of a babies head, should I be concerned/?

I have a cyst on my ovaries the size of a babies head, should I be concerned/?

Cysts: cysts this size warrant a consultation with a gynecologist. While they may very well be benign tumors, cancer must be ruled out as well. ...Read more

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Why do babies sling their head side to side?

Why do babies sling their head side to side?

Too heavy: The head is heavy and little babies (0-4 months) do not yet have strong enough neck muscles to control it so it sort of falls to one side. Gets better by 4 months. Older babies often do things because they figured out they can. ...Read more

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How long it takes for babies head to round about?

How long it takes for babies head to round about?

Stages: Baby heads can get pretty pointy during birth--but generally look much better even after as little as 24 - 48 hours. Some babies develop flat spots or other deformities over time related to sleep position, and sometimes to other problems like torticollis, or sometimes rare conditions. Depending on your baby's age, it might be a good idea to discuss this with your pediatrician and have an exam. ...Read more

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What would cause a babies head to grow at a slow rate?

What would cause a babies head to grow at a slow rate?

Family trend?: Small heads can be a normal family trait. So can large heads. Head growth is a measure of brain growth, but is not a measure of brain function. Some babies have smaller heads but are very smart and healthy. Your pediatrician will carefully monitor growth and development. Any problems can be dealt with in an appropriate manner. ...Read more

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Why is a 14 month babies head tilted to the right side.

Why is a 14 month babies head tilted to the right side.

Many issues: I think muscle, bone or visual. A kid may have a transient spasm in the trapezious (neck) muscle that may persist if not treated with therapy.There are some kids born with fusion of some neck vertebrae that have a permanent tilt. Some kids will voluntarily tilt their head because one of the eye muscles is out of balance & they see better that way. ...Read more

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My infant seems to have or be developing an abnormally shaped head. What should I do?

Tummy time: Tummy time is the answer for most of these things especially if the flattening is symmetrical and on the back of the head. However see your doctor before we make those types of assumptions, he may have a little bit of trouble turning his head in both directions all the way. These are usually mild problems and stretching resolves it along with tummy time. ...Read more

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My infant's head does not seem to be the right shape. Will his head assume a more normal shape?

My infant's head does not seem to be the right shape.  Will his head assume a more normal shape?

Plagiocephaly: Infant skulls are soft often flatten. The odd shape is called plagiocephaly. It can reverse by making him sleep on his back, alternate the head to right then left, place your baby on his stomach while awake and in an infant chair when appropriate to reduce the pressure on the skull. Also often the neck muscles get stiff. If your infant is stiff, then rotate the neck gently and hold 5 to 10 sec ...Read more

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