Increased incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) lead to “Back to Sleep” campaign under which parents were instructed to make their babies sleep on their back. Practicing this approach definitely reduced the occurrence of SIDS however, it led to increased incidence of flat heads among babies. Even though this deformity does not cause brain damage, it is a cause of concern.
Prevention of Plagiocephaly
The most common form of plagiocephaly is positional plagiocephaly. This develops when a baby is placed on a mattress with its face up for a long time, and continuous pressure is exerted on a particular area of the head. As babies are incapable of moving their heads in different directions, pressure on a single area leads to the development of a flat spot. Here are a few ways to prevent this problem in babies.
Include a fair amount of “tummy time” when your baby is awake. Mothers should make their babies practice to be on their tummy because many babies do not like it. Starting their tummy time right away will help