Don’t just sit around worrying
M Y seven- month- old baby hasn’t started sitting up yet and I am worried she’s slow for her age. The other babies at playgroup all seem to be sitting up just fine. Should I be worried? Pat, Kirwan SITTING
is an important milestone in baby’s development because it gives them a new perspective on the world. Babies can be propped in sitting position almost from day one but true independent sitting doesn’t begin until they have good head control.
Around four months of age, baby’s neck and head muscles strengthen rapidly and they will learn to raise and hold the head up while lying on their stomach. Next they will learn to prop themselves up on their arms and hold the chest off the ground.
By five months they may be able to sit momentarily without assistance. Most of them still slump or topple sideways. They eventually begin using their arms as props to keep them up. Then at about six months, they learn to let go, first with one hand, then the other and begin to hold their back straight. As backmuscle strength and balance improve, they sit completely erect by seven months. Babies develop at their own pace, but most babies are able to sit unsupported by eight months. Your baby could be within the normal range but it is advisable to seek medical advice to confirm that all her development aspects ( such as hearing, vision, hand function and speech) are with in normal range. The following web page has useful information on infant development. http:// raisingchildren. net. au/ development_ tracker/ baby_ development_ tracker . html
The Townsville Hospital Paediatric Team is: Doctors Siva Sivayoganathan, Margot Bosanquet, Andrew White, Vana Sabesan and Anne Miller. Email questions to aboutababy@ townsvillebulletin. com. au or text 0416 905 534.