This flat spot can occur on either the back or the side of the head and is also known as positional plagiocephaly, but it is more commonly known as flat head syndrome.
"It is an effect that occurs to babies that spend a large amount of time with their head resting in the same position, it can happen when travelling, when the baby falls asleep in their safety seat, or it can happen in a stroller, but commonly it happens when a baby sleeps at night in their cot."
"The babies skull is soft, hence when they rest in the same position they can develop a flat spot on their head, and is more common in premature born babies where the babies head and neck tilts to one side. This in turn increases the amount of time that the babies head turns and rests to the same side."
"There are many ways that this can be avoided, the purchase of a baby hammock can help and helmets can be bought to reshape the babys head. Both of these products can be used for babys up to 12 months old."
Although these comments are enough to help any mothers concerns it is still recommended that you place your infant on their back when you put them to sleep.
There will be no effect on the babys brain, that much can be said to help ease further concerns about the babys development, but most cases of flat head syndrome correct themselves in time.
You should contact your local pediatrician if you wish to get further advice about flat head syndrome.
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Baby Hammock - aimed at the health for babys. Flat Head Syndrome is common and there are ways to prevent it.
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