How To Massage Baby Flat Head

Altering your baby’s position in the crib on a daily basis is an easy step you can take to help reduce the risk of your child developing a flat head. Because your infant likes to have something interesting to look at, while they are in their crib, they may turn their head to look at their room rather than the wall because of this preference. They will be able to observe your arrival and departure in this manner.

How To Avoid A Flat Head For Baby

Your baby should spend its first six months sleeping on its back in a crib in your room. This is the safest sleeping position for infants. There is a significant reduction in the risk of sudden infant death syndrome for infants who sleep on their backs (SIDS). The medical community has not been able to determine what causes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which occurs when an infant younger than one-year-old who appears to be healthy passes away unexpectedly while sleeping.

The skull of an infant is quite malleable, and the bones are sensitive to any kind of pressure. Infants have underdeveloped neck muscles, which causes them to tilt their head to one side when they are laid flat on their backs. Because of this, it’s possible that your baby will develop a flatter skull. This type of head is referred to as a “flat head.” This condition is referred to as positional plagiocephaly in the medical field.

A slight degree of flattening disappears on its own after some time has passed. Even if the more severe flattening does not completely disappear, it will not have any impact on the brain or development of the baby.

Can flat head be prevented?

The vast majority are avoidable. On the other hand, it is not always possible to completely avoid it. Even when they are placed in the optimal position for sleeping, some infants will still be predisposed to the development of flat spots on the back of their heads.

Altering your baby’s position in the crib on a daily basis is an easy step you can take to help reduce the risk of your child developing a flat head. Because your infant likes to have something interesting to look at, while they are in their crib, they may turn their head to look at their room rather than the wall because of this preference. They will be able to observe your arrival and departure in this manner.

The following is a guide that will show you how to adjust your baby’s head position while maintaining the same “view” from their crib:

  • One day, place your baby with their head toward the head of the crib.
  • The next day, place your baby with their head toward the foot of the crib.
  • Alternate your baby’s position every day.

You can also try putting a mobile on the side of the crib facing the room to encourage your baby to look that way.

What else can I do to prevent my baby from getting a flat head? 

Babies should also have supervised “tummy time” when they are awake, for 10 to 15 minutes, and at least 3 times a day. This means you set your baby down to play on their tummy. Not only does tummy time help prevent a flat spot on the head, it is important for your baby’s overall physical development.

When should I call a doctor?

If your baby still develops flat spots, talk to your child’s doctor.

Can A Baby’s Flat Head Correct Itself?

Plagiocephaly is a condition in which the head is abnormally flattened. It is possible for it to take place in the uterus or at the time of birth. It is also possible for it to appear in the first few months of a person’s life. Plagiocephaly is a condition that typically corrects itself as babies develop, but in some cases, treatment is required.

Flat Head Baby When To Worry

Consult your primary care physician or a child and family health nurse if you are concerned about the shape of your baby’s head, or if your baby has a head that is abnormally shaped or has a flat spot that hasn’t returned to a normal shape by the time they are about 2 months old. strong tendency to tilt their head to one side more than the other. difficulty turning their head to the left or right

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