A new study is showing more babies are ending up with flat spots on their heads. Find out how to prevent the condition.Cases of unexplained death have since dropped by more than half, but a far less dangerous side effect has also cropped up
A new study in the journal 'Pediatrics' shows more babies are ending up with positional plagiocephaly, also known as flat spots, on their heads. The study looked at 440 infants and found nearly half of two month old babies had the condition. Researchers believe the mild condition is due to the campaign to make sure babies sleep on their back, which reduces the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome. A baby's skull is soft and growing, so the pressure of laying on the head can flatten it.
There are things parents can do to prevent flat spots. Limit your babies time in a car seat or swing, so they're not leaning back on their head. Also make sure babies are on their stomachs more when they are awake. If necessary a parent can intervene when the child is asleep to turn their heads, this way one side of the head isn't receiving all the pressure.
If a child still has a flat spot, there are helmets and physical therapy to help reshape the head. Most cases though are simply correct by repositioning children to take pressure off their head.
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