It’s great to hear that you are interested in learning more about plagiocephaly, or “flat head syndrome!” The position of an infant’s head needs to be changed throughout the day so that they do not begin to favor a certain area of the head, which can ultimately lead to the development of a flat spot on the head and elongated neck muscles on one side. The helmets you saw are used to for cranial remolding in severe cases.
Fortunately, plagiocephaly can be prevented and even corrected in the early stages! There are many techniques to practice daily with baby. For example, when approaching and feeding baby, parents can alternate the direction from which they come, encouraging baby to turn their head in a different direction each time. Another technique is to place interesting and stimulating toys in new locations around baby’s room so they will have to turn their head different directions, depending on where the toys are. Make sure to implement lots of supervised tummy time during the day, and finally, massaging baby’s neck muscles when they are relaxed can help them stretch both sides of the neck. Education and awareness are key to ending plagiocephaly! Visit https://www.facebook.com/DrJaneScott
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