Helmets may not be necessary, as experts recommend other methods to mend plagiocephaly
The number of babies getting flat head syndrome, known as plagiocephaly, is on the increase. As medical experts now recommend babies sleep on their back to reduce the risk of sudden infant death (SIDS), the risk of babies skulls becoming flattened is higher.
“Babies spend almost all their time on their back," says pediatrician Dr James Laughlin, who has produced a new report about the condition. "That leads to some positional flattening or molding of the head, depending on how the baby sleeps."
Dr James’ report aims to inform medical professionals about the condition and ways to treat it that avoid babies having to wear plagiocephaly helmets to reshape their skulls. He added that the condition was “entirely cosmetic” and did not post a developmental risk to babies.
"There is currently no evidence that molding helmets work any better than positioning for infants with mild or moderate skull deformity," his report argues.
The report recommends:
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