Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Zee01 | 2010-10-15


Funny habit...

Hello Doc!

I was wondering if the following has any significance.

When my baby was still small, and did not really have head control, he always prefered to have is head completely back.
If we held him upright, he would be looking at the roof, and he will be happy, if you forced hid head upright, he would become difficult and moan.
Everyone thought that I just did not want to keep his head upright, but this position was just how he was happy sometimes?!

This stopped when he became better with his head control.

Recently I noticed that if he is sleeping, he alse twists his body in such a way, that his head is at a funny angle to his body....
Chin always far away from his chest...

He will be 6 months next week.
He is smiling, laughing and sitting, and he can stand assisted for a while...

Was just wondering if this is a habit, of does it hold some sort of deeper meaning that I should be concerned about??

Thank you so much!!

Expert's Reply



This is actually a very good question. Babies will extend their heads and necks like this if they have difficulty with breathing. This is particularly when the cause of the difficulty in breathing lies in the upper airway such as with a blocked nose, enlarged adenoids or enlarged tonsils. Also with a condition called laryngomalacia where there is a temporary softening of the cartilage of the larynx [voice-box] and/or the trachea [windpipe] As he still continues to prefer to extend his head it would be best to have him seen by a paediatrician.This may just be a habit but it is sufficiently regular and persistent to need checking.

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