What's the baby up to?
Rolling over is your baby’s first way of moving about and after head control the next step towards
developing physical skills.
When your baby has enough head control he will start to show whole-body movements and attempt to roll over.
Actual rolling involves tucking one arm and shoulder under his body, then pushing off with the other arm and leg.
Don't leave your baby unattended when he is lying on the changing table, your bed or any other high surface.
Even if he has not showed signs of rolling over yet, babies can often through jerky movements turn around or
move to the edge.
If your baby has not rolled over by 7 or 8 months you should speak to your doctor, it could be a sign of
delayed motor development. Your baby might develop on track in terms of sitting and crawling but skip
rolling over until later.
Roll over timeline
Around 3 months
Your baby will start to turn on his side.
4 – 6 months
Your baby will first roll from his stomach to his back.
5 – 7 months
He will start rolling over from both his sides.
Other stuff to think about
Coughs are one of the most frequent symptoms of childhood illness and can keep you and your baby awake
at night for weeks after other cold nasties are gone. Listen to the cough and you will soon be able
to distinguish between a simple nasal drip-related cough that is a sign of a tight chest, accompanied
When a cough is serious
Coughing can wear out babies younger than 6 months, so keep a close eye on any cough your infant develops.
Smaller babies are also most at risk for complications from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is
most common in the winter. This virus causes colds and ear infections in older children and adults,
but in young babies, it can cause bronchiolitis and pneumonia and lead to severe respiratory problems.
The disease starts out like a normal cold but becomes worse until the child has wheezing, a cough,
and difficulty breathing. Some children may have to be admitted to the hospital to receive oxygen and fluids.
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