The Baby’s Head Does Not Hold Up Completely?

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, my baby is already 5.5 months old. But every time he is carried facing the front, his head is always down, every time he is lifted it only lasts 5 seconds then looks down again. Even when prone Why is that why?

1 Answer:

Hello Ariztia, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com

In general, babies can begin to lift their head intermittently and turn their heads to the right and left when they are prone at the age of 1-2 months. At the age of 3-4 months the baby can lift his head 45 degrees when in a prone position and hold his head upright long enough. By 5-6 months, babies have better control over their heads, and can raise their heads even in a sitting position.


If at the age of 5.5 months, your child's head cannot stand upright, then you should immediately have your child checked by a pediatrician. Some of the causes of this development delay include:

the baby is less prone
babies born prematurely
babies have developmental disorders such as autism
there are other physical disorders such as abnormalities in the spine, hypothyroidism, etc.

This condition should immediately receive an evaluation from a pediatrician because this stage of development of head control is very important for the baby to continue with the next developmental stages such as rolling over and sitting.


You can try to position your baby in a prone position more often to strengthen the muscles of his upper body. Make sure you watch your baby while you position him on his stomach.

So much information from me, hopefully it will be enough to answer


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