'Back to Sleep' Does Not Affect Baby's Ability to Roll
[Source: Science Daily]
Baby, keep on rolling. A campaign to put babies to bed on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome has not impaired infants’ rolling abilities, according to University of Alberta research.
Johanna Darrah, a professor of physical therapy in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, says infants develop the ability to roll much the same today as they did 20 years ago when the “back to sleep” campaign was introduced and successfully reduced the occurrence of SIDS. Her research answers fears that the back to sleep campaign, which recommends putting babies to bed on their back instead of their stomach, would hurt an infant’s gross motor development, specifically the ability to roll from tummy to back and vice versa.
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