In the first six weeks after birth, it is not uncommon for baby’s head to appear slightly out of shape from the pressures of birth. This usually resolves by 6 weeks of age. However, because an infant’s skull is soft and malleable, deformities in shape can occur if baby begins to favour certain head positions.
Wearing a specially-made helmet for 22 hours a day can mould the head back into a rounded shape and reverse the effects of Flat Head Syndrome. This can be a very uncomfortable experience for the baby and expensive. Alternatively, parents can take preventative action by using the Baby-Head-Rest whenever baby is on his/her back in the first four months.
The following suggestions are recommended to help reduce Flat Head Syndrome in infants, in conjunction with the Baby-Head-Rest.
Flat Head Syndrome is largely preventable with greater education on the issue and by frequent monitoring of head shape with weight, length and other measurements in the first few months after birth.
It is important to seek medical advice about any change in your baby’s head shape. If you are dissatisfied with any medical advice you receive, it is within your rights to seek another opinion.
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