My son is 7months old and still isn't able to hold his head up, any techniques to help?

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Posted by Amber Bobnar on Aug 25, 2013 - 9:30pm

My son was also very late in holding his head up.

I went back into our old photos and found this one of me supporting his head when he was 5 months old:

And here he is just starting to get some head control (just barely!) at 10 months old:

Lots of tummy time play is important. Laying him over a boppy pillow helped. I wish we had had a Tumzee or Wingbo!

You can find more tummy time ideas on this ROPARD Pinterest board:

Another big help for Ivan was our sensory play area:

The first time Ivan pushed himself up while laying on his belly was in his sensory play area because he was so motivated to get to his toys!

Posted by julieann83 on Aug 25, 2013 - 9:58pm

Hi! My name is Julie Johnson. I am a teacher of the visually impaired! I talk to parents quite a bit about this very issue everyday.
I am assuming your child has some decreased vision since we are connecting on this particular blog.
Since 80% of the way children learn is through their vision, children with typical vision can focus on objects at a distance to motivate their ability to hold their head up. Children with low vision need a simple, but stimulating visual that they can focus on in order to motivate them to look up and strengthen their head neck muscles. If you are getting vision services from a teacher of the visually impaired, I strongly recommend the APH Lightbox with colored gels.

For more information about how vision develops in infants and toddler, please check out this hand out I get all my clients and their families.

Best wishes!
Your son is going to get there!! He has a great mom like you!
Keep doing what you are doing!!

Julie Johnson, M. Ed, TVI, ATS

Posted by Amber Bobnar on Aug 26, 2013 - 7:13am

You can see more answers on our Facebook page:

"My son had the same problem. Its known as head lag and he needed physiotherapy. We got a referal through his doctor. It can be a sign of other issues but this isnt always the case. Boys are typically later with things than girls."

"Also make sure that his eyes have been tested. If he has any crossing, he will hold his head to one side. Good luck."