10 Month Old Child Can't Sit Up By Herself

My daughter is about 10 months old; she can't sit up by herself yet. What can I do to help her sit up? She can sit up if you put her in a sitting position. Also when she is lying down she can easily lift up her head up, but she can't get to the sitting up position by herself. I try to hold her hand and she pulls herself up. She hasn't crawled yet, but rolls over all over the place. I am really concerned about it.

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May 11, 20110 found this helpful

I would try taking her to a chiropractor, sometimes babies are injured during child birth, in ways that aren't noticable to the naked eye, and need some adjustments. My ex husband was real slow at walking and his parents took him to a chiropractor on the advice of their family doctor, and after a couple adjustments he started walking. This was about 70 years ago, when chiropractic wasn't real widely used.

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May 11, 20110 found this helpful

I was concerned about my daughter not walking. She'd pull herself up, hang onto furniture, and "walk" around that way, but not without holding onto something. We made an appointment with her pediatrician. The doctor bribed her into walking down the hallway with a snack. Everything was fine. Your daughter's doctor has probably seen just about everything. And if the doctor has any suspicions that something might not be right, he (or she) should have some good recommendations for you. Best of luck, I hope all is well with your little one!

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May 12, 20110 found this helpful

Probably your child is still within the range of normal, but if things don't change soon, you might need to consult your pediatrician. I will say this, my daughter loved her youngest child to the point he has not developing properly. She held him constantly (and I mean constantly). He was not rolling around on floor, etc. as he should have been. I finally told her sweetly, to put him down and to do things to encourage him to move (place toys several feet away from him, etc.)! And then in short order, he began to roll over, etc. and within 6 months he was "normalize" and now at 5 he is perfectly normal. If you are holding her a lot, please stop right away and put her on the floor (on palettes, etc.). Some mothers are consumed with their child not getting "dirty" or "hurt" and over-protect them and then development is arrested. Think this over and see if it applies to you.

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May 12, 20110 found this helpful

See your pediatrician immediately. If she has delays there are many programs that can help and it is very important to get started now.

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May 12, 20110 found this helpful

First, do take your daughter to her regular doctor, he may have been following her from birth. If not get all of the past info to her doctor. This info will help him decide if something is wrong. If she was early, she could be running late and that would not be a problem, or she may just be on her own time table.

Second, you can help, with some of what you are doing, helping her sit couldn't hurt and could help. Try having her grab both of your fingers and lift her equally, slowly, move gradually and let her do the work as much as she can, let her do more of the work as she can. This was a technique that my sons physical therapist taught me, my son was early, and has very short hamstrings, he never did crawl, and did walk late. My son is now 26 and rides a bike to and from work.

Your daughter is probably just moving at her own pace, but your doctor will be able to see if anything else is keeping her from sitting up. Good luck. Enjoy your girl.

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May 12, 20110 found this helpful

Take her to the doctor. My dd was born was the same way as you described. One day I went into the restaurant where I worked and my co-worker asked me how my dd was doing. I described what she did as you have mentioned...a customer overheard me and told my co-worker this could be a sign of cognitive misconnection, ie, her brain wasn't working exactly right. My co-worker told me what this person said...I blew it off as an old man simply talking. A few years later I found he was right. I am not saying there is anything wrong with your child but get it checked out. My dd was born with a heart defect and had lack of oxygen to her brain so I am sure this had something to do with it.

Take her to her doctor to be on the safe side.

Good luck and I hope everythiing is fine.

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May 12, 20110 found this helpful

Do not wait. Take your child to the doctor asap. If you don't have money for a Dr. go to a emergency room. They to see the baby and can't turn you away.

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May 13, 20111 found this helpful

As the others have noted, you should really have her evaluated asap. If you think this is too extreme, at least phone a Dr.'s office (some hospitals also have a free "ask a nurse" type of line, check out the website for your nearest hospital) and get some professional advice on what you should do next. My friend is an occupational therapist for infants, and she said early intervention (when indeed there is a problem) makes all the difference in the world. Don't panic, but do get professional advice. Let us know how things go.

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May 13, 20110 found this helpful

This is a concern, but not a "go to the ER right now" type of problem. It is known as developmental delay, can be because of a medical problem, or can be she's just developing at her own pace, but it does need to be evaluated. I'm sure you will see your doctor, but also call your county health department, child health services to see if they offer an Early Intervention Program. This program is specifically set up for kids who need medical/therapeutic services to reach their full potential. They can help you get the services you need for your daughter and advise about financial help for services that are not free. If your county does not offer Early Intervention services, if you live near a children's hospital or a teaching hospital, it would be best to start care w/them. Call, ask to speak with the Dept. of Developmental Pediatrics or if they don't have that dept. speak to a social worker, and explain your concerns. They will point you in the right direction. May God keep your little one in his hands.

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May 15, 20110 found this helpful

I don't even think it's time to panic. It's not time to head out to the ER. Most babies can sit independently between 6 and 9 months. That doesn't mean they can get themselves into a sitting position by themselves.

You stated, "She can sit up if you put her in a sitting position. Also when she is lying down she can easily lift up her head up, but she can't get to the sitting up position by herself." That all sounds within normal range to me.

There are exercises you can to to help your baby develop her back and neck muscles which is what has to happen before she can put herself into sitting position. I know this information is available on line.

I'd web search "infant and toddler developmental milestones." Any other areas or milestones where you baby feels a bit late? If you have a real concern, ask your pediatrician where you can go get a developmental screening. If the screening indicates your baby may have some developmental delays (this doesn't mean mental retardation), you'll be referred to infant toddler adaptive education services.

Or, contact a Head Start program in your area and ask about the Early Head Start program. They are all about helping you help your baby.

Early childhood educator, retired.

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