Preventing Flat head syndrome

All Parents worried about Flat head syndrome

Or in medical terms “Positional Plagiocephaly” is a common condition that affects many newborns.

Flat head syndrome
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What is Flat Head Syndrome?

“Flat head Syndrome” refers to flat spots on one side of the back of the skull. It’s very common, study show it affects almost 50% of newborns aged 7 -12 weeks old.

The good news is, positional plagiocephaly usually corrects itself as our babies grow and it also does not cause any harm on our baby’s brain development.

What’s The Cause?

The skull of a newborn baby is very soft and malleable. It’s pretty common for vaginal deliveries to cause temporary flat head due to the pressure of the birthing canal. However, the pressure of sleeping in the same spot may also cause flat head to become permanent.

When To Worry?

Usually, parents become concerned about flat spots when their newborn is around 2 months old.
If the situation hasn’t improved by 6 months your pediatricians may refer to an orthotist.

How To Treat Flat Head Syndrome?

Some pediatricians recommend expensive flat head helmet or plagiocephaly helmets for deformational  plagiocephaly. They cost thousands and are seldom covered by medical insurance.

They also have to be worn between 18 to 22 hours per day for up to 3 months. So, it’s understandable that many parents give anti flat head baby pillows for flat head syndrome a try first.

What Is An Anti Flat Head Pillow?

An anti flat head baby pillow is mainly a preventative device. Flat head syndrome is something that is said to fix itself. However, many parents turn to a baby pillow to give nature a hand.

These pillows are said to help shape the skull and relieve pressure on the head and neck muscle. If you read the hundreds of product reviews online, a lot of parents see results in just a few weeks and are delighted with their baby head shape.

When To Buy One?

The best results are experienced when it is used from the very first day of life. And especially before the baby hits 6 months of age.

Value for Money?

Prevention is always a better investment than cure. Some Anti flat head baby pillow cost more than $100. However, when you compare with the flat head helmet treatment which  is around $3,000 – $4,000 it doesn’t seem so expensive.


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