In the early 1990s advice was issued for parents to place their babies to sleep only on their backs. This recommendation was introduced by the American Academy of Pediatrics as babies who sleep on their backs have been proven to be less likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. I’ll write another article explaining all about SIDS soon but it’s just important to highlight why we are correctly advised to place babies to sleep on their backs when we are discussing flat head syndrome.
Flat head syndrome is quite common, it affects approximately one in five babies. It describes the development of a flattened area on a babies head. There are two main types known as plagiocephaly and brachycephaly. Plagiocephaly is when the side of your babies head is effected and it can impact the alignment of a babies ears. Brachycephaly is when the back of your babies head is affected and becomes flattened. This can cause your babies head to appear wider also. Continue reading