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Tummy Time

While it is important to place your baby on his back for sleep, it’s also important to make sure that as he gets older, he gets some tummy time. Tummy time should take place when your infant is awake and alert. Place him on his tummy on a solid surface such as the floor. Place a toy in front of him and engage him in play. Doing this regularly will help strengthen the muscles in his neck. It also will help prevent your baby from developing a flat spot on the back of his head. Prolonged time spent lying on his back can cause the back of his head to flatten. While this condition doesn’t cause any developmental problems, a misshapen head can look odd. So be sure your baby gets some tummy time each day. 

​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL

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