Babies Aged 6 Months Neck Still Weak And Can Not Stomach?
I want to ask my 6-month-old child, his neck is still weak and unable to lie on his stomach, why is that? What is the effect of post-surgery or what? Because my child is indeed postoperative atresia ani. Can you baby or not? Thank you
Hello Tri, thank you for the question.
Baby's growth and development are different for each child, some are fast and some are quite slow. Generally, babies have started to be able to lift their neck and head slightly from 1-2 months of age. At the age of 3-4 months the baby is usually able to lift the head of the neck around 45 degrees, can lift the head while on his stomach, can tilt left and right. At around 6 months the baby is generally able to lie on his stomach, turn his body from the prone position, raise his head and neck 90 degrees, have been able to reach objects in front or side, can respond with smiles and laughter, and are able to issue a few syllables.
You can try a few tricks like:
Place objects or toys that are brightly colored and sound before him, so that the baby is stimulated to reach and lift his neck.
Put objects and toys next to the baby, then move the object to the right and left so that the baby is stimulated to tilt right and left.
Staple the baby and then ring the toy in front of him so that the baby tries to raise his head to see and reach for objects.
Encourage the baby to communicate, read a story book, or listen to various sounds so that the baby's communication skills improve.
If after you have tried a number of tricks but have not produced results and the child still does not appear to be developing, bring the child to consult with a pediatrician who specializes in growth and development. The doctor will look for possibilities because the child does not develop according to his age. Some conditions that may occur are:
Babies born with low weight
Lack of stimulation
There are accompanying diseases. In the case of the mother child, if the operation is repeated or there are postoperative complications, the baby may need more time to heal so that it interferes with its growth and development.
Neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, or developmental disorders such as autism.
Regarding infant massage, it is OK for the hands and feet as long as the massage is done slowly so as not to hurt the baby. But do not massage the neck area because spinal injuries can occur resulting in paralysis of limbs. Thus our explanation, may be useful. Regards.