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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Head banging: Is a bad sign. Get the baby checked. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
He needs head images: In children less than two years of age, even minor head trauma can be complicated by skull fractures and intracranial injury. If you have an infant less than 12 months of age, that fell 2 feet in to a hard surface, he should be taken in to be seen by his pediatrician or to the er for imaging of his head as soon as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
My infant's head flops back sometimes when I pick her up. I know to support her head, but is this cause for concern?
Floppy head: It depends on how old your child is Full head control sets in by 6 months of age ...Read more
Babies: Babies have poor temperature regulation and cn feel cool ...Read more
More info: If the brain structure is normal, don't do anything. Wait until the child is born. Dolichocephaly is a head shape description, and nothing more. It does not necessarily indicate a medical problem needing treatment. ...Read more
Get an x-ray: If the head shape has not normalized by 3 months of age, skull x-rays should be taken to be certain that all of the separations ("sutures") between the skull bones are open. If they are open, the baby might be referred for evaluation for a skull molding helmet. If there is a question about the bones of the skull, a ct scan may be ordered to clarify the situation. ...Read more
Relative study: His rating means that 10% of infants at this age have a larger head circumference (size) while 90% are smaller. If the size has increased from 25-50-75-90% over several months it would suggest growth was too rapid. If usually in that range, it just means the kid has a big head. It hasn't bothered me any, except for having trouble finding a helmet/hat that would fit.. ...Read more
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How long it takes for babies head to round about? Her right head looks popping out and left little inside and flat at the back.
The back of my head is flat & I know with babies u can treat it - prob not with older ppl but does it affect my intelligence & how I think?
Maybe/no: Reshaping a skull for a young adult would require major surgery where they remove/reshape your skull bones and re-insert them. This would also include extensive time in an ICU after surgery & a variety of risks. The flat backside of your head has no effect on intelligence or how you think. It is easy to find fault with yourself at 16, but likely not evident t others. Hair covers well. You can thrive ...Read more
Went to docs and she said baby is in permanent head down position. And won't be flipping any more. How do babies end up bottom down then sometimes?
"Breech": A small number of babies will settle botton down in the birst canal (calledd "breech" deliveries. Usually these pregnancies are now handled by C Section! Hope this info helps Dr Z ...Read more
My infant is 2 weeks old and I've been bad about supporting her head so that it has flopped back or forward. Worried I did damage. How do I know??
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