With babies being so weak and unable to move themselves easily, it’s important to encourage safe tummy time while your baby is awake. This helps with the development of important muscles, while also taking the pressure off your baby’s head. This tummy time guide will provide you with the information you need to achieve the best results.
Plagiocephaly can start to appear before or during birth but often takes a few weeks to become apparent. A parent or health professional may notice that the head has an altered shape with a flattening to the side or at the back. If this is severe, the face and forehead may also be asymmetrical, with one ear further forward than the other. There are many different factors that can cause Plagiocephaly in babies, and they all relate to the fact that infants are born with soft, malleable skulls. (more…)
Do Baby Carriers and Car Seats Cause Flat Head Syndrome?
The dramatic rise in the incidence of baby flat head syndrome over the last couple of decades has largely been attributed to the Back to Sleep Campaign. Placing babies on their back to sleep is essential as a means of reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but if the baby is kept in one position, it can put continual pressure on the back of the head, which can eventually cause a flat spot to emerge.
Experts recommend tummy time for all babies to help develop their motor skills and protect against flat head syndrome. However, as most parents who have tried it will readily attest, getting your little one to feel comfortable lying face-down can be easier said than done. If you want to know how to make tummy time and repositioning easier, read on to discover some tried and tested methods that other parents find useful. (more…)
Preventing Permanent Deformation in Babies with Plagiocephaly
While it might look alarming to the untrained eye, the flattened spot associated with plagiocephaly (A.K.A. Flat Head Syndrome) can be corrected and further deformation prevented. However, it’s vital to take action early on before the skull hardens, movement becomes independent and deformation becomes permanent. This guide explains how to prevent deformational plagiocephaly, using tried and trusted methods that are often adequate without the need for clinical treatment. (more…)
Treatment for flat head syndrome
Plagiocephaly, commonly known as flat head syndrome, is the medical term for a condition that affects as many as one in two babies. It often develops when a baby spends a lot of time lying in the same position. This can occur when parents aren’t aware that they need to change an infant’s position during the day or because of problems with the neck muscles. An infant’s skull is so soft that flat surfaces can eventually mould the shape of the head. (more…)