Tips to help avoid flat head syndrome
These tips will help prevent flat head syndrome in babies
- Place your baby on his back
- Put babies on their tummies for a little while when they are awake. This eases the pressure on the back of the head and help babies build shoulder and neck strength.
- Alternate which section you put the baby in the crib every night. Your child will then alternate which direction he or she looks out of the crib.
- Dress your child in clothes that allows freedom of movement.
- Do not hang objects above your child’s head. Put them on the side of the crib so that he will turn his head to look at them.
- Alternate sides when you bottle-feed your baby.
- Relieve pressure on the back of your child’s head by picking him up often.
- Minimize the use of a car seat when not traveling in the car as well as other seats like a bouncer in which the child is placed on his back.
- If your child develops a flat spot, contact your health care professional .
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Preventing flat head syndrome. Fit Pregnancy and Baby. https://www.fitpregnancy.com/parenting/postnatal-health/preventing-flat-head. Accessed January 19th, 2019