According to a recent study conducted at Seattle Children’s hospital, Plagiocephaly or Baby Flat Head Syndrome effects almost half of the infants – with 46.6 percent of babies in the study have some degree of flattening. This trend is in large part due to the 1992 referendum known as Back to Sleep. The campaign worked to minimize the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) when babies sleep on their stomachs. While the rise of baby flat head syndromes increases, the rate of SIDS has significantly improved.
It’s clear that this is a valuable tradeoff. However, if you are facing the impact of plagiocephaly in your child, it might leave you wondering about the best treatment. Let’s take a look at some of the best Plagiocephaly Treatments in 2018.
Repositioning Can Help in Mild Plagiocephaly Cases
While repositioning might not be enough in more severe cases, moving baby into different positions throughout the day can alleviate symptoms in mild and sometimes moderate cases. Many babies have a preference on what direction they face when they sleep or play, so shifting these positions can help keep baby from spending too much time laying on one side of their skull.
Don’t Forget Tummy Time
Once babies are old enough to control the muscles in their neck and start raising their head off the ground they are ready for tummy time. Tummy time comes in many different shapes and sizes, depending upon the needs of baby and parents. Some of our favorites include:
• Simply roll and receiving blanket in a roll and place it under baby’s breastbone. This will help support the proper position.
• Place baby across your knees and allow her to lift her head.
• The Infantino Twist and Fold Activity Gym includes a great tummy time bolster pillow to make tummy time easy and fun.
• The Infantino Prop-A-Pillar Tummy Time & Seated Support doubles as both a tummy time pillow and a spot for baby to sit when he gets a little older.
The most important thing to remember when doing tummy time is that baby MUST be supervised at all times.
Baby Wearing to Treat Baby Flat Head Syndrome
In some mild cases, the answer to repositioning and avoiding laying on one side is to take up with the baby wearing craze. Wearing your baby in a sling, carries or wrap means less time spent laying on their back. While babywearing isn’t for every parent, it might be a great temporary fix to allow the skull to reshape. Some popular babywearing options include:
• The Baby Wrap Ergo Carrier Sling – by CuddleBug comes in a range of colors and allows several positions for baby
• Boba Wraps are another easy to use wrap option for successful babywearing
• The Ergobaby 360 is a great carrier that gives parents multiple ways to wear baby comfortably.
Cranial Orthosis or Repositioning Helmets
In moderate to severe cases of baby flat head syndrome, a helmet might be a must to help reshape babies head and protect her development. At one time there was a fear factor about these helmets and their purpose, but as more babies are diagnosed with the condition, more people are well informed about why babies need them. Babies will generally wear their specially molded helmet 23 hours a day for an average of 3 months. For many new parents these helmets initially seem like quite an imposition, but most quickly find that babies don’t really mind wearing them.