Babies need to strengthen their muscles for good head and muscle tone.
When a baby is born he does not have control over his limbs and his body, for example he cannot lift his head at birth and his posture is dominated by the weight of it. Learning to move your head does not seem like a significant achievement, but it is actually a vitally important gradual milestone in the development of many other skills.
Throughout the first 4 months of life, the baby begins to develop better core stability by strengthening his back and tummy muscles, which will help him gain better head control.
Muscle control starts from the upper body. Once the baby is able to hold the head and lift it up, the control will begin to move downward in an orderly sequence that must be adhered to for good development. By the middle of the first year, the baby will be able to keep the back muscles firm enough to be able to sit up.
At the end of the year, you will try to control your leg muscles to start standing up, the prelude to starting to walk.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HEAD CONTROL
Developing head control will allow the baby to look around and use his eyes effectively, he will hold his head against gravity while sitting, and he will use his mouth better and better for eating and speaking.
But no baby would be able to learn to sit, move, crawl, or walk without first learning head control . When you see your baby’s first attempts to lift his head, you will need to understand how far he needs to go in order to be in control on his own.
THE DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES IN HEAD CONTROL
While a baby lies against the chest or stomach, he will try to lift his head even if he cannot, but little by little he will increase the strength of his back and neck.
The baby will begin to move his head from side to side against your shoulder. You can even lift your head briefly when you lie on your stomach. This happens because the pull of gravity stimulates the part of the brain that activates the neck muscles that lift the head. Over the next several weeks, this adaptive response will develop so your baby can lift his head while on his tummy.
Your baby will be able to hold his head insecurely for a few seconds if you keep him sitting or lying on you. But you will need an adult’s hand to support the back of the neck.
The baby will start to lift his head when he is lying on his stomach. At this stage, you will begin to master the main elements of head control: the ability to move your head deliberately to look around carefully, have little or no head lag when sitting, and keep your head fairly stable during several seconds when supported in a sitting position .
You may be able to hold your head reasonably steady when sitting, although it will wobble if you make a sudden movement. If he is lying down, he can hold his head firmly to look at you.
Head control is complete. Even when you stop with your baby in your arms, his head remains stable. When you keep him seated, his head is firmly erect and his back is straight. When you turn him upside down, he lifts his head and chest.
You now sit independently, with your head well balanced on your shoulders. Over the next several months, this nerve and muscle control will spread down through your body and into your legs, allowing you to roll, crawl, stand up, and then walk.
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.