As a new parent, you want to do everything you can to look out for your baby’s health – but something as simple as the way they sleep can affect their development. Here, we’ll talk about the risks of flat head syndrome and how baby wearing helps prevent it.
What is flat head syndrome?
Plagiocephaly, or “flat head syndrome,” is a condition where one side of baby’s head develops into a flat spot. This can happen in utero, but more commonly happens as a result of sleeping and sitting positions, generally when baby is between 2 and 4 months old. While the back sleeping position is great for cutting down on instances of SIDS, it does mean the back of baby’s head is constantly under pressure; the usual position of car seats puts pressure on the same spot. If your child develops plagiocephaly and it hasn’t improved by 6 months, they may have to wear a skull-correcting helmet to fix it!
How does baby wearing help prevent flat head syndrome?
Most recommendations you’ll hear about preventing plagiocephaly involve having your little one spend time on their tummy or lie down in different positions during the day. Those are great tips, but we’d like to add another one: Baby wearing. In addition to the other physical and emotional benefits you and your child can get, the natural positions of baby wearing don’t put pressure on any one part of the little one’s head. And while not all babies are fond of tummy time, you can usually get your child to cuddle you – something that also happens naturally in baby wearing. You can even wear your child while they sleep and cut down on some of the time they’d spend sleeping on their back.
It’s important to keep an eye on your little one’s development in all aspects. This is just another way how baby wearing benefits your baby.
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