July 8, 2013

Positioning Key to Prevention

1 Half of Infants Have "Flat Head Syndrome”

Almost half of babies have “flat head syndrome,” a flat spot on their heads due to lying in one position, according to a Pediatrics study. Flat head syndrome or positional plagiocephaly has increased since 1992 when it was recommended that parents place their babies on their backs to sleep in order to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). While the incidence of SIDS has declined by 50%, flat head syndrome was seen in about 47% of babies examined by researchers who say that the condition may result in mild developmental delays and permanent deformities. Experts recommend changing the position of the baby’s crib so they can look in different directions and to avoid keeping babies in car seats, carriers and bouncers for extended periods of time to prevent the condition.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: SIDS Rate Increases on New Year's Day

Tags: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Flat Head Syndrome, Positional Plagiocephaly, Babies' Sleeping Position

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