Babies with Flat Head Syndrome should be protected from and treated accordingly.
Many newborn newborns spend the majority of their time napping or resting in the same posture for long periods of time. You may see a flat area growing on the baby’s head after he or she is born or throughout the first few months of the baby’s life. Especially if this is your first child, you will no doubt have gotten a great deal of advise from midwives, hospital personnel, family members, friends, and other moms, some of which will be pertinent and beneficial to you and your family. Other sources of information will not be as appropriate or may even be out of date. Flat head syndrome in newborns is a relatively new illness for which it is difficult to get reliable information, and it is one that is difficult to diagnose.
What is Flat Head Syndrome, and how does it manifest itself?
Infancy flat head syndrome is a disorder that can develop in a small newborn, and it is frequently caused by sleeping or resting in the same posture for an extended period of time. Another possibility is that it develops before a kid is born, which is known as congenital condition. Plagiocephaly and brachycephaly are the medical names for flat head syndrome that occurs in newborns, and they refer to whether the flattening is predominantly on one side of the head or across the entire back of the head, respectively.
In contrast to older children and adults, small babies are unable to alter their postures during sleep on their own in the start of the process. Some newborns are also born with disorders such as torticollis, which is a shortening of the muscles on one side of the neck, which causes them to be more prone to lying in the same posture, with their head generally tilted to the same side, all the time.
What causes Flat Head Syndrome to be so prevalent in infants these days?
Following increased awareness of the dangers of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), experts recommend that mothers place their babies on their backs rather than their tummies as they sleep. Even though this has resulted in a decrease in the number of SIDS cases, which is fantastic news, it has also resulted in an increase in the number of newborns with flat head syndrome, which is also wonderful news. It is estimated that up to one-third of all newborns who sleep on their backs will acquire this condition.
Fortunately, if this does occur, there are therapies that are simple and effective, and there is no risk to your kid in using them. Because newborns can sleep for extended periods of time on their backs with little movement, the portion of the head that comes into contact with the crib mattress will be affected. Because the baby’s head is so delicate, the form of the head may be altered as a result of the head being flatter. Some newborns appear to be more susceptible to this disease than others, and it appears to be more frequent among preterm infants. By simply adhering to a few fundamental rules, this flattening may either be corrected or avoided. The most important thing to remember is that the sooner you can begin using these methods, the greater the outcomes you will get.
In what ways may Flat Head Syndrome be prevented and treated?
The use of slings and baby carriers is encouraged.
Initially, because newborns are unable to move around much on their own, they spend a lot of time in your arms, car seats, baby bouncers and other similar devices. Even if you don’t sit in any chairs, placing your baby in a sling or carrier and carrying him or her with you will immediately reduce the amount of time your infant spends with his or her head against a flat surface, according to research.
If you have to place your kid in a stroller, car seat, bouncer, or swing for an extended period of time, you may use specific cushions to relieve pressure on the back of the head while they are doing so. These should only ever be used under the guidance of a trained professional.
Tummy Time is important.
Babies require a range of postures, and tummy time is extremely beneficial in preventing flat head syndrome in your child. As a result, give them plenty of opportunity to lie down on their stomachs while you supervise. If they are extremely young and unable to lift their heads unaided, their heads can be tilted to one side to accommodate this. It is critical that you continue to place the baby on his or her back to sleep at all times. With tummy time, the sooner and more frequently you can engage with your baby, the more comfortable your baby will get with being on his or her belly. In the event that your baby does not take to the position right away, simply repeat the process in shorter durations. Even a few seconds till the baby fusses will assist if you repeat the process frequently. With time, the infant will become more content in this posture. Tummy time is crucial for other areas of development as well, so don’t forget to include it in your child’s routine.
Adjust the sleeping position of the baby.
Maintaining variety in your baby’s sleep posture can go a long way toward preventing your child from having a flat head, and it can even aid in the resolution of a flat area that has already developed. Alternating the direction in which your child sleeps in his or her crib is one option you may consider. A baby will tend to gaze out of the crib towards the room or the door, and will then always be rotating the head in the same direction and applying pressure to the same area on the back of the head, as described previously. When you lay the baby down, make sure she has her head at a different end of the crib each time. You may also rotate the baby’s position on the changing table so that he or she is lying in a different direction each time. It is possible that additional causes, such as torticollis, are at play if the infant continues to move his or her head in the same way regardless of the posture. It’s critical to consult with your health-care provider since your doctor may prescribe specific workouts or physical therapy for your condition. It is also beneficial to switch up the posture in which you carry and hold the infant, for example, by carrying the baby on alternate shoulders.
Special infant sleep positioners are also available. These positioners are meant to keep your baby in a single position, and they are adjustable, allowing you to slightly alter the resting position of your baby each time you lay them down.
What if none of these approaches proves to be effective?
By putting these measures into action, you can reduce the likelihood that your kid will have flat head syndrome in the future. Please remember that despite your best efforts, it is sometimes difficult to prevent flat patches from forming on the surface of the water. There is absolutely no need to feel bad about yourself! It is possible to have a specific orthotic baby helmet built to remedy the issue if the condition is severe and the kid is young enough, ideally starting at or before the age of one year. The helmet is worn by the baby for 23 hours a day for a period of 3 to 6 months, and it is usually quite comfortable for the newborn. Getting guidance from your health care practitioner as soon as you believe a flat spot is developing is critical since this type of treatment is most effective when done as early in the development of the flat spot as feasible, perhaps as early as four months if the flatness is severe.