Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: TLee | 2009-02-11

Q.

Developmental Physio - Opinions please

My lg Emily is almost 9 1/2 months old. I had to take her to the paed yesterday for her 9 month checkup. Generally the paed is very happy with her development, and her weight is exactly right for her height. She weighs 10.6kg and is 76cm tall - quite a tall baba!

There is one problem though. Emily will not roll over from her back onto her tummy. If she ends up on her back, she is pretty helpless. She turns onto her side, but doesn' t seem to realise that she can roll right over. She screams and waits for someone to pull her into a sitting position. She can roll from her tummy onto her back, sits brilliantly, can get into a crawling position from being on her tummy, she is crawling all over the place, manages to pull herself into a standing position and likes to try walking (with help of course!).

So, developmentally she is doing really well, it is just this rolling thing. I am of the opinion that she just doesn' t want to do it - she has always really hated tummy time. If she does end up on her tummy, she pushes up into crawling position or sitting straight away. But, the paed said that she must be rolling from back to tummy now, and that now we need to take her to a developmental physiotherapist for an assessment and treatment. My dh is really against this, he thinks his baba is the most perfect thing ever born. I am a bit torn. If it is really necessary to go, then I do want to take her. But not sure if my paed is just a bit of an alarmist??

What do you think? Any opnions most welcome. Ta!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Many babies take a while to learn to roll over. As your baby is healthy in every respect and the rest of her development is normal, there does not appear to be a need to go for physio treatment now. Wait and see how she gets on and give her more time.

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