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Preemies and 'floppiness' Sebastian Blake <3 2 kids; United Kingdom 4500 posts
Aug 23rd '15

Are preemies usually 'floppy' longer than a full term baby? My cousin visited this weekend with her 4 month old and I was so shocked when I held him by how much support he needed. I don't know if I'm just misremembering but I'm sure DS had great neck control long before then. The baby seemed not much less floppy than a newborn really. He was born at 35 weeks though, would that be the cause or is this still unusually long to have poor head control? He's also kind of docile. Doesn't seem as alert and aware as I remember DS being, but again I could be remembering wrong. I hope he's ok, he's super sweet!

silly_mommy Due February 24 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; United States 739 posts
Aug 23rd '15

DD was born at 31 weeks and she was on schedule with everything no delays what so ever. She was also very alert 

hilee18 1 child; United States 691 posts
Aug 23rd '15

my 34 weeker was born with a strong neck my husband claims they run in his family.But he was also on target with milestones by 8 months. 

Man in stockings Due November 18 (boy); 1 child; Southern, IL, United States 4031 posts
Aug 23rd '15

I wouldn't think being born at 35 weeks would cause THAT much of a delay. My nephew was born at 25 weeks and will be two in Feb and you wouldn't think he was older than maybe 9 months of age. He is very far behind. But every child is different. My son born on time had full neck control from the moment he was born. It was weird. And by 3 months if he was laying flat you could feel him felx to try and sit up. 

Sebastian Blake <3 2 kids; United Kingdom 4500 posts
Aug 23rd '15

Thank you everyone. Looks like it's pretty 50/50 then, hopefully he just needs a bit more time. He does smile and coo but he doesn't seem as nosey as I remember DS being, he doesn't look around at all but I guess if he hasn't got good head control that makes sense. She mentioned in passing that he was being seen every few weeks for his weight and development so I'm sure the doctors are aware of it if it's a problem. I just didn't want to question her if it's a sensitive subject.

Thinkaboutit 4 kids; United States 2511 posts
Aug 23rd '15

All babies are sooo different....... My first was a premee, but walked at 11 months.  My second was full term......but didn't sit up until 9 months and walk until 17 months, but she's a totally normal almost 3 yr old now. Maybe he is just on the slower end of development.