4 Ways To Prevent Flat Head Syndrome In Babies
Is your baby developing a flat spot on either side of the head or on the back of the head? Are you worried about the flat head on your baby? It is called flat head syndrome – positional plagiocephaly. It is not a big cause for concern if you spot it early and treat it right. This happens due to the position in which the baby sleeps or because of problems with the neck muscles.
Although the syndrome seems alarming, it is common in babies. It is easily treated and can be prevented with a few simple practices.
4 Ways To Prevent Flat Head Syndrome
- Change The Head Position
It is always safe to make the baby sleep on their back. However, it is also equally important to note which way their head is turned every time they sleep. Keep changing the head position the next time. This is only to avoid the pressure put on one side of the head. Typically a baby spends a lot of time sleeping, if they are always lying on the same side, the head doesn’t grow symmetrically. Result? – Flat head syndrome.
- Change The Layout Of The Nursery
Generally, bright colors, windows, doorways, curtains, and other moving objects interest a baby. If every time the baby shows a preference for a certain direction, change the layout of the nursery. Change the way the baby cot faces or alternate ends each time your baby sleeps. This way you can avoid the baby sleeping in a certain head position and keep them from lying on that same spot as much as possible.
- Tummy Time Is important
Let your baby lie on his tummy on a firm and flat surface for at least 10-15 minutes a day. Tummy time is important as it helps in strengthening muscles, minimizes the time spent on their back while awake, and other physical developments. Also, carry your baby in upright positions using a baby carrier. Strict supervision is recommended while your baby is on his tummy. Avoid prolonged use of swings, prams, car seats, and rockers.
- Watch The Sleeping Position
Regardless of you changing your baby’s head position and changing the layout of the nursery if your baby prefers to sleep every time toward the same side, see your GP immediately. Keep an eye on your child’s head position to avoid flat head syndrome. The GP might refer your baby to a physiotherapist to rule out the worst. The pediatrician may also refer your baby for a skull-molding helmet. Purchasing any helmets without seeking medical advice is dangerous.