Plagiocephaly

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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Positioning to Avoid Plagiocephaly and Torticollis: Strollers and Cribs

After the discovery in the early 90s that sleeping babies on their backs can prevent SIDS, we’ve seen a rise in torticollis and plagiocephalyin infants. But just because your baby sleeps that way doesn’t mean that he or she is destined for a flat head or a stiff neck. Taking a hands-on approach to parenting by holding your …

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Positioning to Avoid Plagiocephaly and Torticollis: Breastfeeding and Burping

When you’re talking about preventing plagiocephaly and torticollis, correct positioning is absolutely essential. No matter what you’re doing, correct positioning helps your child avoid flat head syndrome and a tight neck. For moms and babies who are breastfeeding, good positioning can affect so much more than the shape of the baby’s head. Here are some suggestions that will …

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