Development of the baby: when newborns begin to hold their heads
Hardly a baby is born, as adults begin to be interested in doctors, when newborns begin to hold their heads.
We are waiting for up to 3 months
Of course, it is this basic achievement that will reach the baby in this period, will be the very first. And it will become an important proof that the physical development of the baby is on the right track, and very soon he will learn how to turn over himself.
So, when do babies start to hold their heads? Pediatricians do not name exact terms, because the nature of development of each child is individual. Of course, there are certain norms that need to be oriented, but if the baby is a little behind or a bit in a hurry, do not be scared.
It is believed that a newborn baby keeps his head well by 3 months, and to 4 does it already quite confidently. By 2 months the child is only able to make attempts to control his head, but he is unlikely to be able to do this without rest. By the way, doctors say that today's children begin to hold their heads much earlier than kids in the 80's - many by 9 weeks already confidently run it.
Do not rush things
Many mothers and dads are eagerly waiting for the child to master this ability, most want the child to outstrip his peers in his development. And not knowing how much the newborn has his head, rejoice, if he does it already a month and earlier.
And they do it in vain, because in this case it is necessary to consult a doctor as soon as possible. After all, when newborns begin to hold their heads at such a young age, it means that they have hypertonicity or high intracranial pressure. The kid can signal you about these problems with frequent crying and with that almost does not sleep.
If the child does not keep his head and by 3 months, it is also advisable to inform the doctor about it. Perhaps the baby's muscle tone is very low, or there are neurological problems. At such a young age they are easier to solve than after a year. Perhaps, your child will be helped by a course of massage or vitamins, which the doctor will prescribe. The main thing - do not start the process. Pay attention also, whether the baby keeps his head straight. If not, consult a pediatrician - perhaps a baby with torticollis, which must be rectified immediately.
Gymnastics for kids
When newborns begin to hold their heads, they no longer need postures, where they are supported by the head without fail. If your child has not yet learned how to manage his body, continue to help him, otherwise there is a risk of injury to the cervix.
If you want to help the kid in acquiring this important skill, then start developing his neck muscles. More often lay the baby on the tummy (just wait until the moment when he finally heals umbilical wound), let first he lies in this position for 30 seconds.
Gradually increase the time - you will notice how the crumb tries to raise the head and as if to turn it to one side. This is how the reflex given to him from birth works, so that the child does not suffocate, being in this position. When the baby turns a month, wear it more often in an upright position, so that he learns to keep the head on a level with the calf, but keep it on hold.