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When Will My Baby Hold His Head Up
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
Hi. When my 20 month baby cries/ screams he holds his head as if he is in pain. Is this just an attention thing or should I take him to the doctors?
Attention vs pain?: Toddlers around a year will do a variety of odd behaviors to get your attention, however, if you feel like his head positioning is pain related, you are probably right. This could be teething, an ear ache, sore throat, or possibly something more serious. Definitely have him examined to sort it out! Best of luck and thanks for trusting healthtap! ...Read more
My baby is 6 month old and his weight is7 kg. His head size is 17 inch. Is it normal. He cannot hold his neck properly, so I m worried?
See your DR: You are correct to be concerned. Make an apt with your DR to express your concerns and get your answers ...Read more
I safely use my 5week baby's arms to pull him from laying down to a sitting position he try to hold his head up my man thinks It can harm him can it?
Reply: Most of the 3 months old may still have a head lag or in other words still not able to hold their head up. That should not worry you. Different babies have different timing to develop age expected milestones, put her on her tummy and see if he tries to lift her head up, also lying on her back if she tries to raise her head up 45 degrees or not. Best to discuss with your doctor who can assess her. ...Read more
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
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