Baby head control

My concern is about baby head control. My baby was born at 35.5 weeks and was in the Intensive Care Unit for 17 days. He had severe anemia. Hospital staff told me he has a small cyst on his left ventricle. I do not know weather this is causing him to not hold his head up well, but he does it when you carry him. However, if the doctors pull him by his hands when lying down he does not have any head control at all. He is almost 4 months old now. What do you suggest I do right now?

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Baby's head control
by: Anonymous

When looking at your baby's head control you must also consider age. I notice that your baby was born at only 35 weeks of pregnancy. This means that although he is 4 months old, he is actually only about 2 and a half months in maturity. All babies are born with weak neck muscles and this will be more so in premature babies. By 2 months old most will be able to hold their head up briefly as your son does when you hold him. By about 4 months, if babies are laid on their stomach, most will be able to lift their heads up by about 45 degrees, and by 6 months almost all babies will have proper head control. Is your baby floppy or do his limbs seem to have normal tension? If he is floppy I suggest you consult the doctor again, but if not this is probably normal progress for your particular baby.

Head control
by: Anonymous

Usually a baby has significant head control by 4 months of age. He should be holding it up at about 45 degrees and keep it stead for a while when he is on his stomach, but since you say that your son was born more than 4 weeks early and was in NICU, his milestones are bound to be at least slightly affected by this.

But you also say that your son holds his head up well when you carry him so perhaps his head control issue is just work in progress. Perhaps there is no real reason to worry. Observe for a while longer.

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