Plagiocephaly (Flat Head) Syndrome
Plagiocephaly, (pronounced play-gi-o-cef-a-ly,) or flat head
is a condition caused by prolonged time spent
on one side of the baby's head, usually during the first 6 to 9 weeks.
Newborns have soft skill bones. As a result, if a newborn spends too much time on flat surfaces, the soft bones can change shape and develop a flat spot on the back or side of the head.
Flat Head is most common among male infants, firstborns, and in cases of multiple or premature births.
Afflictions such as torticollis (tightening of the neck muscles) and macrocephaly (abnormalities in which the head circumference is greater than normal) can also increase risk.
The most common treatment for the more serious cases is moulded helmet therapy.
Prevention is key
Parents should keep an eye on their newborn’s head circumference, frequently alternate his or her sleeping position and the position of any hanging mobiles, regularly alternate feeding positions and encourage supervised side and tummy time.
LifeNest™ has been specifically designed to help lessen this concern, by assisting in preventing and treating flat head.
The unique woven cradle contours to the shape of the baby's head, allowing a more even distribution of pressure than traditional mattresses. Avoiding damaging pressure and redistributing it away from soft spots.