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How to Prevent Your Baby from Getting a Flat Head

Flat head syndrome is a condition in which a portion of a baby's head develops a flat spot, usually on one side or the back of the head, during the first few months of life. The syndrome, also known as positional plagiocephaly, occurs when a baby sleeps in the same position most of the time or when the neck muscles are strained. While it may appear to be a serious condition, the syndrome is quite common and can be easily treated and avoided by following a few simple guidelines. The condition has not been shown to be detrimental to brain development.There are a number of other things you can do to help correct or prevent flat head syndrome, such as:

Encourage your child to turn his or her head.

Place your baby's head so that the more rounded side of the head is against the mattress. You can also adjust the crib's position and place your infant so that the baby looks away from the flattened side of his or her head to see people or interesting objects in the room.

Make tummy time a habit.

When awake, babies should spend at least 30 to 60 minutes a day, broken up into short segments, supervised time on their tummies. Regular awake tummy time can aid in the development of strong neck and shoulder muscles, as well as the prevention of flat spots. When the baby wakes up from a nap or after a diaper change, this is the best time to do it.

When should you visit your pediatrician?

When positioning and exercises are ineffective, physical therapy may be recommended. If your child's skull deformities are severe and not improving, your pediatrician may recommend a skull-molding helmet. Without first consulting your pediatrician, do not purchase or use any helmets.

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