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My child has plagiocephaly, what can I do?

Posted by Orthobility Bracing on 13 April 2021
My child has plagiocephaly, what can I do?

It is very important to keep in mind that plagiocephaly rarely affects normal brain development; it is mostly a cosmetic concern. At the same time cosmetics is important in this day and age. Many parents tend to feel guilty if they do not try and correct the flat spot "I don't want my child to say that we didn't do anything for the flat spot when they are 18 years old".

It is very important to discuss the different options. Getting information about counter-positioning and helmet therapy is the first step for parents to help them decide what options are available for their child with plagiocepaly.

Next time, we will discuss counter-positioning and helmet therapy.

 

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What is Plagiocephaly?

Posted by Orthobility Bracing on 6 April 2021
What is Plagiocephaly?

Baby flat head, better known as plagiocephaly, is characterized by a flattened area of the head in an infant.

In 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics began the 'Back to Sleep Campaign' to help reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Since the inception of the program there has been a reduction in SIDS by approximately 40%.

Because infants have been encouraged to sleep on their back, there has been a significant increase in babies with flat spots.

Counter-positioning and helmeting are two avenues used to help re-shape the flattened area.

Some of the common causes of baby flat head include:

  • Sleeping in one position from birth through the first few months can change the head shape.
  • Torticollis can be defined as the bending of the neck to one side and rotation in the opposite direction. This results in the infant sleeping constantly in one position thus possibly resulting in a flat spot. Therapy, which includes stretching the sternocleidomastoid muscle, will help restore proper neck movements.
  • Limited space in the womb may result in a flat spot before birth. Torticollis can also occur in the womb due to positioning. Baby flat head and torticollis can also occur during the birthing process. In this case there may be trauma as the baby moves through the birthing canal.

 

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