Important information for parents
What is Flat Head Syndrome?
In recent years, due to the advice given to parents to sleep children on their back to help reduce the incidence of SIDS, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of babies with plagiocephaly or flat heads.
When discussing Flat Head Syndrome it is essential that as a parent you understand that there are two important issues which need addressing.
Firstly, as a parent you need to do all you can to reduce the flatness, or at the very least to prevent the flatness from worsening.
The Developmental Delays
Secondly, and much more importantly, it is essential that you address the neurological development of your child to ensure they progress normally and achieve all of their developmental milestones.
For many years medical doctors have viewed plagiocephaly as only a cosmetic issue, confidently saying to parents that the head will naturally assume a more symmetrical shape as the child gets older, and that the child will experience no lasting effects from the flat head.
Unfortunately however, the RESEARCH supports the fact that there are potential neurological issues which may develop as a direct result of Flat Head Syndrome.
In fact, in one particular study the researchers noted that “no child with deformational plagiocephaly showed accelerated development”.