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7 month not rolling over, sitting or holding head up well.

I'm babysitting a friend's son, he is 3 months younger than my DD.
At 7 months old I remember my DD thriving, but this lil monster can't roll, sit up unassisted, makes very little "baby talk" or even really hold his head up well...he just seems behind in so may ways.
We tried giving him some tummy time, but he bashed his head on the floor. :(
He eats well and seems otherwise healthy...
any ideas?
Should I be worried for my friend's lil guy ?

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Asked by AshleyRoseG at 8:18 AM on May. 15, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • All babies develope at different speeds. My dd seemed behind up until 8 months. Then in 2 weeks she went from not being able to sit up on her own to sitting, crawling, pulling herself up and picking up her own cheerios. Now I can't keep up!

    Answer by Soniam301 at 8:35 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • I do have to say he should have more head control then you are describing though...

    Answer by Soniam301 at 8:36 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • As PP said, every baby is different. My daughter seemed to do everything early, but my son was a different story. He didn't really start rolling or sitting up well until about 8 or 9 months, but as soon as that happened everything else seemed to follow shortly afterwards and he was walking before he turned a year old. The head support thing does seem kind of concerning though

    Answer by Ctink8189 at 8:56 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • I'd worry about the head control. Does he spend a lot of time in baby containers? Does he have a flat spot on his head? When a baby spends far too much time i baby product containers they don't develop muscles or control very well, especially of the head and neck (look up "baby container syndrome).

    Answer by amileegirl at 8:57 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • My nephew was like this too. Didn't crawl until a year,walked at 19 months. He was recently diagnosed with severe cognitive disabilities. I'd tell her to keep a very keen eye on it. A 7 month old should ABSOLUTELY be able to hold his head up!

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:57 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • He can hold his head up for like 5 seconds and then he does a face plant and tries just concerned me because it's just strange.
    if he has a BIG head would that make a difference ?

    Answer by AshleyRoseG at 9:14 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • I agree with all the posters. I'd be concerned mostly about the head control. Is he really fat? My son was a chubby, chubby baby, so he was slower to sit up and crawl because he was too darn fat! but he had great head control. I'd give him lots of tummy time, and interact with him on the floor, talk to him from different angles (you get on the floor too) try to get his attention with a rattle and make him turn his head and stuff. I'd also put him on my lap sitting, facing me, giving him support, but getting him used to being in that position, get his muscles used to it. And I'd say something to the mom.

    Answer by Saya at 9:15 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • My son at 7 months wasn't rolling over and would only sit in a tripod position (arms on the floor in front of him to support his big head, lol) if I sat him up, but he couldn't get himself into a sitting position and if he picked his arms up to play with a toy or something he'd fall over (from the weight of his head). The rolling and sitting aren't too much cause for concern yet, he's still in the range of normal. I agree about the head control, though; a 7 month old I would think should have good head control, even with a big head.

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 9:46 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • practice

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:48 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • At 7 months my son could sit, get into a sitting position by himself, crawl well, pull to a standing, feed himself food and say a few words. However, i do have a friend thats 7 month old is the same way that you are describing. She cant do much. The doctor did say she was a little behind but not to be concerned unless she was still like that at 9 months. Then they would evaluate her.

    Answer by carsonsmommytam at 1:01 PM on May. 15, 2010

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