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My DD has just turned 5 months, though has bad head lag when being pulled up from a lying down position. The health clinic midwives noticed this at her 3.5 month check up and at her 4.5 month check up it had improved, though still not the best. She has tummy time each day though does not enjoy it, she would prefer to put her head down and chew on her hands (currently teething as well, 1 tooth already and another one ready to pop up).
She can sit supported though leans forward a lot and seems rather floppy. If I hold her up with her chest on my shoulder, she tends to lean her head against mine for support.
I've also noticed that when you try to hold her in a standing position, she cannot support her weight, even for a few seconds, her legs just buckle. I am just a bit concerned as I know that her sister at that age was standing by herself with me just holding her hands and she was supporting her own weight(I know I shouldn't compare though I am worried about my DD's strength)

Is this anthing to worry about or will her strength come in time?
i would not like to say its nothing to worry about as i am not a nurse or midwife, but i have very similar story with a very normal outcome.

my nephew was exaclty the same, very floppy for quite some time, and when compared to my DS who is only 8 months older, it looked like there was a muscle issue or something as he was quite a bit behind my DS. (and its not good to comapre, because both boys were in the "normal" range, just at either end of the spectrum)

anyway, took him alot longer to sit, crawl, walk, all the milestones, but now he is a very healthy very normal 3 year old, and very very smart!!!

good luck!!
I wouldn't worry, just keep an eye on it and if there is not much improvement in the next month see if you can get your DD checked out by a physio.

DD2 was much the same, she has always had low muscle tone and just takes a bit longer than the average kid to achieve physical milestones. She is miles ahead in other areas, physical development just isn't her strong point.
dont do tummy time it doesnt actually acheive anythin

pikler

please dont sit you baby you are not actually helping her by doing so....

the nurses at these clinics don't actually specilise in baby development they just chart check and tell you what you are doing wrong.....

babies move over 100 times a munite lying on their backs without your help... let her discover what she can do without people telling you what she cant, she will do this without people pushing her to the next step
Just a difference of opinion - I personally would take this seriously. I am not trying to scare you so please dont get me wrong but I would at least get a referral to a pediatrician (sp). It sounds like Hypotonia (floppy baby syndrome) which is not actually uncommon and just means milestones are reached later. It can range from mild to severe.

Cady



Just a difference of opinion - I personally would take this seriously. I am not trying to scare you so please dont get me wrong but I would at least get a referral to a pediatrician (sp). It sounds like Hypotonia (floppy baby syndrome) which is not actually uncommon and just means milestones are reached later. It can range from mild to severe.

Cady

i've never heard of this? my last baby was a baby like this also.... just wanted head on my shoulder also..... was a later developer .... am going to google,,,, with my good old friend google


ok googled looks like an idea.... have a google and mention it to your doctor....

also look at my link for other ways to support babies development also...

Just a difference of opinion - I personally would take this seriously. I am not trying to scare you so please dont get me wrong but I would at least get a referral to a pediatrician (sp). It sounds like Hypotonia (floppy baby syndrome) which is not actually uncommon and just means milestones are reached later. It can range from mild to severe.

Cady

I would not think it was this problem if holding the head up was the only problem. If there was something else, for example your bub has trouble attaching feeding, or has down syndrome, yes, I would go to a specialist. Otherwise, babies learn things in an order. Crawling comes before being able to support themslves on their feet (in fact, if anything, you are forcing something they are not ready for).

Eve75

At 20 weeks old I think your bub is far too young to have total head control and to be expected to sit and stand supporting her own weight. What you are describing sounds very normal to me. Some babies do develop a lot sooner than others but they do catch up soon enough. I remember the nurse saying to me that my bub should have better head control at 3 months but I dont think that it affected her in any way. She was sitting unaided by 8 months, pulling herself up at 9 months and cruising around the furniture soon after that. She is now just 12 months and is getting gamer all the time so I dont think it will be long until she walks by herself.

Can I just add that they aren't babies for very long at all, so try and enjoy this stage for as long as possible because before you know it, your baby will be running around in no time smile
I wouldn't worry to much about. Some babies just take little longer than others. If you are really concerned go and see a doctor or wait until their six month needles and mention it while the doctor is doing the overall check up. Tummy time is a good idea and it does help to strengthen the muscles in the babies neck and back. I don't know if you're already doing this, but try and encourage your baby to lift its head by showing it a favourite toy or even some pretty jewellery. I personally wouldn't try and get your baby to sit up by itself but instead put your baby in a rocker and put toys in front of it so it encourages them to lean forward and grab them. Try taking her outside, not in a pram but carry her it might encourage her to lift her head and look at any trees and flowers.

I would not think it was this problem if holding the head up was the only problem. If there was something else, for example your bub has trouble attaching feeding, or has down syndrome, yes, I would go to a specialist. Otherwise, babies learn things in an order. Crawling comes before being able to support themslves on their feet (in fact, if anything, you are forcing something they are not ready for).


Thats not true. Feeding is not a good indicator as there can be so many reasons for a baby not feeding properly. Babies with down syndrome can have it but there are many many many other reasons why a baby has hypotonia as well as it being congenital benign (meaning you are born with it for no reason other than luck of the draw). Many babies have it and you'd never know. Some babies do have it and the parents wouldnt know, they would just seem like a baby who takes longer to develop.
Im not talking about sitting at five months I think its silly to expect a baby to be able to do that but im more talking about the head lag and a baby should be able to hold there head up by 4mths. They should also support some weight on legs or at least have that resistance.

By all means it could be nothing and I realise all babies develop at different rates but personally its something that I would be mentioning to my GP.

Cady smile

My little man had head lag but his was due to birth complications, he has been seeing a chiropractor since he was two months old. I know Doctors don't recommend them and i cant understand why, within a few wks he was a different baby. He still has to go every fortnight at this stage but the difference is incredible.
Thanks for the replies.

We are off to the health clinic tomorrow, so will see what they say.

We reached a milestone yesterday, when she rolled from back to tummy. It has been a struggle watching her over the past couple of weeks trying to roll over, she was twisting her body over onto her tummy though just could not lift her head over. She would look so awkward, so hopefully with her rolling now, she might gain some more strength in her body.

I certainly didn't expect her to be sitting or standing at this stage, she is just too young, sitting was only refering to the burping position, and in regards to standing, I just wanted to see if she could bear any weight on her legs, checking her overall strength.

I certainly don't want her reaching all her milestones yet, I don't want her to grow up, I want to keep my little baby!!! Its so unfair that the baby stage goes so quickly, you blink an eye and its gone!!!
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