How can I help my son develop his neck muscles??

Amelie - posted on 03/27/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My boys are 12 weeks old tomorrow and one of them won't hold his head at all. When we are holding him on our shoulder, he lays his head down or throws it around like a newborn. When we put him on his belly he can't even turn his head side to side. We also noticed that he likes to look to the right a lot and we try to place his head to the left and put him in different positions so he's looking in all directions. His brother can hold his head like they should be doing at their age. Any suggestions on what I can do? I'm doing tummy time, turning his head when he sleeps, plays and eats and I hold his hands while he lays on his back and lift him slowly hoping that he will hold his head somewhat but he doesn't.
Thanks!!

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Amanda - posted on 04/01/2011

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glad your getting help to figure it out! and i agree with cindy...he may not be the best doc ever but he does listen to ur concerns adn thats important!

Rachel - posted on 04/01/2011

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My son was diagnosed with torticollis at 2.5 months, and ended up wearing a helmet from months 4-6 to correct the flat he ended up with from the torticollis. We did physical therapy twice a week for 6-8 weeks, then added the helmet. It helped a LOT! I was told that because we caught this so early it was an easier fix. WHEW! I was told that this is fairly common in twins from being in such close quarters in the womb.

That's great you are having your son seen by a specialist and were such a great advocate for your son.

Cindy - posted on 03/31/2011

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Amelie....I am glad that he was receptive to your concerns and intelligent enough to realize he can't fix everything. Although he may not be a great doc. It does seem that he listens and responds to your concerns even if you had to basically tell him what you wanted him to do.. Good Luck!

Amelie - posted on 03/29/2011

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awsome thanks! I saw the doc today and he referred me to a specialist to get him checked out since he feels that it is something out of his field of practice.

Amanda - posted on 03/29/2011

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hmmm...could be a muscle problem...not sure what torticollis or hypotonia is or what the symptoms are...he may have muscles that are more developed on the right then the left or the muscles could be shorter...id just talk to your ped...and if hes not good...id have him get you a referral for someone else... he also could just be behind...hope you get some answers at your doctor! :D

Amelie - posted on 03/28/2011

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He can move his head to the left, but we normally have to help him move it or he'll only keep it to the left for a short time then move it back to the right. Also when we try to move his head to the left he'll try and force his head to stay to the right, sometimes he'll give it and let us move it, sometimes he won't and will fight us.
Thanks for all your suggestions, its all things I will bring up to the doc tomorrow. Atleast I'll be able to go to the doc with some ideas on what it could be....he's not the greatest doc, but its the only one we could get at the time unfortunately.

Cindy - posted on 03/28/2011

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I would recommend you request your pediatrician refer your child for an occuptional or physical therapy evaluation. In my experience of over 14 years with pediatrics, many pediatricians know little to less about developmental skills. Here in NC, they ask you about four questions (that are leading) and don't really "test" the baby in any way. The occupational and physical therapists are trained for this kind of issue. I agree with Kelly that it sounds like hypotoni and it may be torticollis but you didn't mention anything about it being difficult to move his head only that he didn't. Good luck and I wish you the best.

Kelly - posted on 03/27/2011

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could be hypotonia. ask your pediatrician about it when you go.

there is a product called a Hugga-Bebe Cushion from One Step Ahead (they do have a website) that might help. there is a mom who wrote a review who has a child with hypotonia. she says it works wonders

Amelie - posted on 03/27/2011

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I keep reading up on Torticollis and it seems like the symptoms for it is all what my son has but my daughter goes for her 18 month shots in 2 days so I think I'll bring the boys too and get him looked at just to be safe. I really hope he starts showing some improvments with all the exercises we're doing with him.

Kim - posted on 03/27/2011

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Keep doing what you're doing and follow up with pediatrician. If the doctor isn't worried than you shouldn't be. I know my boys developed at different rates. The bigger one always did everything first.

Heather - posted on 03/27/2011

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You could try laying him on his belly in front of (or beside) a mirror. Babies love to see themselves. This helped a great deal with all of my kids. They lifted their heads so they could see themselves.

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