What is Flat Head Syndrome?
Flat Head Syndrome (also known as Plagiocephaly), is characterized by a persistent flat spot on the back or side of the skull leading to asymmetry (or an unevenness) of the head and face.
Often a child who demonstrates a reluctance to rotate their head to one side will develop a preferred sleeping position, which in turn can produce a flat spot on the skull.
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. This is where the specially designed TinyYears Baby Pillow excels.
The potential neurological issues which may develop
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, (Plagiocephaly).
In fact, in one particular study the researchers noted that “no child with deformational plagiocephaly showed accelerated development”. That is very concerning to parents who only want what is best for their child.
The exercises you receive with the TinyYears Baby Pillow are specifically designed to address these neurological development issues.
Facts about Plagiocephaly (Flat Head Syndrome)
- Positional skull deformities affect 48.2% of babies. These deformities can not only cause cosmetic problems, but also may lead to developmental delays in children.
- Flat Head Syndrome is a condition most commonly seen in the first 4 months which is characterized by asymmetry and/or deformity in the baby’s head resulting from constant pressure on one side of the skull which may be caused by
- Intra-uterine pressure
- A difficult birth
- Restricted head movement
- Research suggests this condition may lead to neurodevelopmental issues in children
- The earlier this condition is addressed, the better the potential clinical outcome for the child.