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Supporting the baby's head. Everything you need to know

Supporting the baby's head. Everything you need to know

The support of the baby's head develops in the first 6 months of life. At birth, the child has almost no control over him, due to the still undeveloped muscles, but as he gains more and more power he manages to lift and support himself. The ability to support, control and move is an important part of several essential processes of development - swallowing food, standing in bed, standing, walking, etc.

In the first month of life, the baby does not have control over your head and it is up to you to help him in this regard. You can take full advantage of this, by strengthening the relationship between you talking all the time and always having eye contact with him, elements so important in the development of the child's language.

At the beginning of the second month of life, head support begins to show the first signs of autonomy, even if they are fugitive and relatively short. You may be surprised that he raises his head a little and then suddenly falls back on the mattress or suddenly turns his head to one side.

Your little one will prove his skill in trying to hold his head alone, especially when you bend him over your shoulder. He cannot resist the temptation to follow what is around him from above and he will have some attempts to pick up and look around. But in a short time you will give up because it is not developed enough to support your head for long periods of time.

Around the age of 3-4 months, your little one becomes more and more powerful and amazes you by the ability to raise his head about 45 degrees when lying on his tummy. Not only does he control it, but he can support it pretty much in this position.

From now on, you can encourage the little boy to develop his muscles even more, through simple but extremely useful games. One of the most important "exercises" at this age is the one in which you stand on your back, grab your hands and pull it gently as if you wanted to lift it into the ass. The baby will be forced to work his neck muscles and pull his staple after him at the same time as lifting the body off the mattress. Make sure the forward / backward movements are very smooth.

Up to 6 months, your baby should be able to support his head alone, raise it and hold it straight, and even move it back and forth without help.

Once he manages to have effective head control, he will gradually begin to lift himself in the ass, to roll or crawl. Head control plays an essential role in moving, walking or swallowing solid foods.

Each baby develops in a unique way and manages to learn skills in its own way and rhythm. It is clear that if up to 6 months of age he has trouble managing his head for longer, he cannot lift it at all or seems to have poor control of it, you must go to the doctor.

More important than that is to follow the early signs and take the necessary measures earlier. For example, if your baby shows no signs of lifting his head for up to 3 months, even for short periods of time, then it is time to pay a visit to the pediatrician to rule out the possibility of delay or problems in physical development.

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