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    Default Head control for 6 months

    Hi mummas. My DS is nearly six months and I feel he has very poor head control. When i put him in the seated position (he does not sit yet unaided) or in his highchair to feed him his head sags down and he barley lifts it up. He will only lift it up if I distract him with a toy above his head. He is also terrible at and hates tummy time (which I force him to do lots of). he can barely hold himself up for 20 seconds before his arms fan out he flops his head down on the ground. I am thinking maybe he has a tight neck and was wondering if anyone has taken their bubs to a physio or chiropractor or osteo? Has anyone experienced this with their bub and if so what type of method would you recommend and has it helped? Thanks for your advice mums.

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    I didn't have the same issue but I did take my DS to a Children's specialist Physio when he was 6 (?) weeks old. It was great and we had his issue resolved in weeks (was neck-related, he would only turn it to one side due to the way he had been positioned in the womb). I would definitely advise a Physio - child specific if you can find one. We also did Chiro but I found Physio much more helpful for this particular issue.
    Ours gave us heaps of tips on strengthening the neck (which ultimately controls the head), in addition to stretches. They should be able to give you exercises to do daily and other developmental advice. Does he crawl yet? Spend much time on tummy etc?

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    Hi dancegirl

    It might be worth chatting to your GP or health nurse about your concerns. Do you have a 6 month check coming up? (I think it's normally at the same time as the 6 month vax). They may be able to point you in the right direction.

    My DS didn't like tummy time and it took a long time to get him to prop himself up on his arms. It came up in conversation with my Physio and he suggested some exercises/play that I could try with DS to help him - basically different ways to do tummy time that he would enjoy. The best one (a bit hard to explain) was to lay DS on his tummy on top of a fit ball and gently roll the ball, whilst holding DS on, forwards - so Rolling the ball so DS head went towards the ground - it makes them prop up on their arms but in a fun way. We did it in front of a mirror and DS loved it.

    If you are worried I would definitely seek some professional advice - even just for peace of mind.

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    Sorry I just re read your post re tummy time. Def get him checked, and persist with tummy time as it's absolutely crucial for strengthening his neck. Physio may be able to suggest other ways to improve this. Good luck 😊

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    Thanks ladies. I will book him into a kids physio ASAP and try the fitball excerise. I am starting to get worried about it.

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