What An OT Really Thinks About Swaddles, Magic Merlin, Walkers & More [PODCAST]

Jennifer Barnard of Baby Begin is back on the Podcast! Jennifer is a Pediatric OT who has worked with over 5,000 babies!! Inside this episode we cover everything from swaddles, signs of rolling, how to transition baby out of the swaddle, why you shouldn’t use the Magic Merlin suit, and what OTs really think about …

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Day-time alternative to containers

A good day-time alternative to your typical “containers” is a baby carrier. The benefits include – vestibular stimulation, extra bonding with parent, calming for baby and parent, baby upright (good for reflux babies), decreased incidence of skull flattening, boosts breast milk production, allow parent to have “hands free” for daily chores, good for fussy babies, …

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Causes of Torticollis

Causes of Torticollis! The most common cause of torticollis is in-utero crowding/constraint. This is especially true with multiples! The neck muscles tighten when there is no room to move the head/neck around. Sometimes this can even cause a traumatic birth which can exacerbate the neck involvement. The use of containers such as swings, bouncy seats …

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Occipital Ledging

What we see here is called a “prominent occiput” or “occipital ledging”. Typically a baby will get these from their position in utero. We can help improve this by early intervention of ensuring baby sleeps directly on that bulge. The direct pressure helps it to blend in to the rest of the skull and not …

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Back to the Basics – Plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly (also commonly called flat head syndrome) develops when an infant’s skull is flattened, due to repeated pressure on one part of the head. “Positional” plagiocephaly is the most common form and is caused by sleep position after birth. “Congenital” plagiocephaly is caused by in-uterine crowding/constraint – baby is typically born with skull asymmetries. Plagiocephaly …

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