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When should my baby start walking?

As parents there are so many exciting ‘firsts’ - first smile, first tooth, first steps! One of the most exciting milestones is when your baby takes those first steps. Many parents are worried about their child’s physical development. When should our babies be rolling, sitting and walking? There are a few general milestones to keep in mind when watching our babies learn how to move. It is important to note that all children are different and the rate of development is variable and unique to each child. 6 weeks: sits assisted with back curved 6 months: when pulled to sitting from lying position baby keeps their head in line with body, many babies roll from tummy to back 7 months: baby can rol

What is Torticollis?

Congenital torticollis is a condition caused by a shortening of a neck muscle, usually the sternocleidomastoid (SCM). Babies with torticollis have a hard time turning their head one way, and their head may appear tipped to one side. Torticollis can be caused by many things such as: position in the womb and birth trauma (such as use of vacuum or forceps during delivery). How do I know if my baby has torticollis? Babies with torticollis usually have their heads tipped to one side and turned to the opposite side. You may also feel a lump in the muscle that runs from your baby’s neck to behind their ear. Your baby may also only look one way or have difficulty feeding on one side. How can physiot

Baby development : Tummy Time

Tummy time is simply any time your baby spends lying on his or her tummy while awake and supervised! Tummy time is important for baby’s development as it helps them improve their head control and encourages them to weight bear through their arms. Tummy time prepares babies for crawling. Tummy time also takes pressure of the back of babies’ heads, helping to prevent flat spots (plagiocephaly). How often should I do tummy time with my baby? As often as you can! Doing tummy time after a baby’s regular activity, such as a diaper change, is an easy way to incorporate it into your baby’s day. How long should I do tummy time? Start with a few minutes several times per day. Gradually increase as you

What is interesting about pain...

There is the old outdated method of thinking that pain is produced in the part that hurts. We now know that not to be true. Pain is produced 100% of the time in the brain - based on perceived level of threat! Pain is an alarm system meant to protect you, however sometimes it becomes over sensitive. Have you even known a smoke detector to be over sensitive and go off when you slightly burnt some toast? The house wasn’t on fire but the smoke detector thought it was. People experience pain differently and in situations people respond to pain depending on context. Imagine this situation: you are a rugby player. Your team and you are practicing. You get caught in a scrum and sustain some superfic