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Neck injury possible ?

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Good morning,

Last night while I was breastfeeding my three weeks old baby, I fell asleep and when I woke up her neck was hanging back with no support. Since she slide up and left the support area where my arm was. Please advise of any celebral injurie that may cause.


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replied October 22nd, 2009
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Hello and welcome to eHealth Forum! Congratulations on becoming a mother!

At night if the baby’s head was hanging back and there was support on the spine, in all probability the baby should be fine. It is too early to watch for delay in developmental milestones. You have to go by gut feeling. If your baby is fine, cries, passes urine and stool, suckles well and strong as before, smiles and responds then in all probability nothing is wrong.

Lack of head support and prolonged head hanging can injure the spinal cord at neck. A jerky movement is more harmful that a gradual sliding one like the one your baby must have made while moving up. Keep some pillows around and since a new mother is often sleep deprived you can try feeding in semi-reclined position with enough pillows around for support.

In order to ease your mind you can consult the neurologist or pediatrician once. Hope this helps. Take care!

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