There has been a dramatic rise in the incidence of plagiocephaly since the Back to Sleep Campaign, and thus demand for treatment has also risen. Increasingly, parents are looking for specially moulded plagiocephaly helmets to treat their baby’s condition. Unfortunately though, parents then discover that they cannot get a helmet for their baby’s flat head syndrome on the NHS. The NHS refuses to fund this kind of treatment, with it being almost unheard of for parents to obtain a plagiocephaly helmet on the NHS.
Why is it that, in spite of mounting pressure from parents, private clinics, and the press, the NHS is still refusing to change its stance on providing plagiocephaly helmets on the NHS? This guide covers everything you need to know about the matter.
If you’ve noticed a flattening on your baby’s head and have been trying to do your research online or via various other resources, you may be a little overwhelmed at the different types of flat head syndrome and what each variation means.
Flat head syndrome is understandably a confusing condition for many who are only just finding out about it, so let this resource be a quick and easy guide to the different types of flat head syndrome.
Flat head syndrome affects 1 in 25 babies in the UK and can occur due to a number of reasons. The prevalence of flat head in babies has increased over the past few decades following the very successful advice that baby’s should be put on their back to sleep, to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDs). This advice is still important and should always be followed, but flat head in babies can be an unwanted side effect of this positioning. To try and avoid this from developing, check out this guide and find out how to prevent flat head syndrome.
Flat Head Syndrome and the Nature vs. Nurture Debate
Is Flat Head Genetic?
Flat head syndrome is usually attributed to external pressures on the skull. Consistently resting the head in the same position while sleeping, sitting and playing can eventually cause a flat spot to emerge in babies. Flattening can also begin to occur before or during birth, often as a result of breech position or crowding in the womb, or when forceps are used during an assisted birth. But, is flat head syndrome genetic to some degree, or is it caused exclusively by these external pressures on the skull? (more…)
Trying to decide whether to give your baby plagiocephaly treatment with or without a helmet is by no means an easy task. Conflicting attitudes and opinions from GPs, HVs, the press, private clinics and other parents can often serve to heighten the anxiety – no matter how honourable the intentions behind their advice might be. (more…)
Mini Directory of Plagiocephaly Advice and Support Websites
Having a baby with flat head syndrome can feel rather overwhelming at times. While the condition is not proven to have a negative effect on development, it can still be distressing for parents who, naturally, want what is best for their little ones. But you are not alone. In the UK, plagiocephaly affects around half of all babies under the age of one to some degree.
No matter what stage of the plagiocephaly journey you and your family are at, there are several fantastic resources out there which you can turn to for plagiocephaly support. Whether you wish to share your experiences with other parents or seek advice on plagiocephaly from the experts, this mini directory will help you find the right places to go in times of need.
The truth about pillows for flat head syndrome
The incidence of flat head syndrome has soared since the Back to Sleep (AKA Safe to Sleep) campaign, and increasingly, parents have been looking for new ways to prevent and correct the condition. Plagiocephaly pillows are often used by parents to prevent flat head syndrome. As constant pressure on a hard surface is what causes flat head syndrome, these pillows mold to the shape of the head instead of pressing against it. Pillows for flat head syndrome are one of the cheapest and most readily available options, but do they actually work (and crucially, are they safe)? (more…)
As with any medical condition, there are various myths and misconceptions that develop and can confuse those seeking advice or treatment. It is normally assumed that a baby’s flat head will correct itself, but this is a misconception as flat head syndrome differs from case to case, so to does the likelihood of the misshapen head correcting itself without treatment. This post will address some of the common myths surrounding Flat Head Syndrome, to help parents decide on the next steps for their baby.
Can Flat Head Syndrome Cause Brain Damage?
Following a diagnosis of plagiocephaly, parents often carry out extensive research online to try and understand exactly how the condition affects the brain or seek out clinical online studies to help them decide whether to treat and which treatment option will have the best results for their baby. (more…)