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I have a 31/2 month old...

who can hold her head up very well but it seems after about a minute or so of her holding it up she starts to tilt it. Does anyone else have this experience??????

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Asked by MadisynsMom0114 at 3:54 PM on Feb. 14, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • What does she do when she is sitting up or laying down??

    I don't think this sounds like any reason for concern, but babies can develop a condition called torticollis where the neck muscles on one side become tight, and they basically only look in one direction. this can have variations, and can be tough to spot sometimes.

    to test for this, lay her on her back, and place a favorite toy on one side of her, see what she does, then repeat on the other. if she doesn't look to a certain side, or starts to fuss like it hurts, you may need to ask her ped.

    my daughter had this, but we were able to "fix her" with just a week of therapy at home. good luck!!!

    Answer by Arkaidy at 4:00 PM on Feb. 14, 2009

  • Thank you so much!!! She seems like she can look both ways alright. She is great while laying down, it's just when she is sitting(supported) her head seems so fall to one side.

    Answer by MadisynsMom0114 at 10:39 AM on Feb. 15, 2009

  • Oh, okay, well I think that sounds very normal. It takes until about 6-8 months before babes have ALMOST totally control of their heads and strength in their neck muscles.

    Babie's heads are WAY heavier than our in proportion, so it sounds normal.

    But of course ... when in doubt, call your ped. :)

    Answer by Arkaidy at 7:35 PM on Feb. 15, 2009

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