Should I be concerned about Flat Head Syndrome?
Caring for our babies can be a roller coaster of emotions. As parents, we want our children to be healthy and happy, so being aware of any abnormalities is important. Many moms and dads are concerned about flat head syndrome (plagiocephaly), wondering how it can affect the child, what to do to prevent it, how it has come to that situation…
These concerns are normal. And the first thing parents should know is that plagiocephaly, if detected early, can be treated. It is possible to correct it and get the baby’s head in good proportion.
Let’s answer some of the most important questions parents have about whether or not to worry about plagiocephaly.
What risk factors are involved in plagiocephaly?
Many parents and researchers wonder if the flat head syndrome is a risk factor that affects development and delays it. One study in particular concluded that children who had plagiocephaly had worse outcomes than children who did not have it, so there may be some relationship. If left untreated, plagiocephaly has lifelong effects both physiological and psychological.
During childhood we are all very sensitive to the opinion of others, and it is very possible that peers will treat the child differently. If the child in the future works in construction, the military, emergency services, or if in the future the child takes part in sports such as horse riding, cycling, climbing, normal helmets will not fit their head. Also, certain haircuts or hairstyles my feel uncomfortable, or may show that they have a cranial deformity.
Should I be concerned about any plagiocephaly side effects?
In the previous section we have put ourselves in the worst situation because nothing described above should happen; instead, this syndrome should be avoided, and if it occurs it must be detected early– a medical specialist must be consulted and solutions will be attained.
How can the flat head syndrome be corrected?
There are several ways to position the baby in order to avoid this syndrome. It is best to place the baby’s head in a different position each time the baby is put to sleep, in order to distribute the weight all over the back.
It is also important during the day to put the baby on his tummy and stimulate him. Playing with him in this position with various toys or stuffed animals, reading, listening to music and making faces are all great ways to pass tummy time. In this position the head does not receive any pressure at all and the muscles of the arms, hands, shoulder and neck are strengthened. At first the baby may be uncomfortable in this situation and cry. This is normal, because the muscles have not yet developed and they are not used to it, but little by little they will gradually become accustomed to it and will enjoy playing this way.
The mattress on which the baby rests is essential. Babies spend more than half the day sleeping during the first year of life. That’s why a mattress that doesn’t put pressure on the head is important to prevent flat head syndrome.
In Ecus Kids we have the best mattress to prevent flat head syndrome, but if your baby already has plagiocephaly, we have the way to prevent the condition from worsening. The Ecus Care Mattress reduces pressure on the baby’s head by up to 70% (compared to other crib mattresses on the market) and is the only product to be certified as a medical device.
Has your baby had plagiocephaly? What has your experience been like?
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