Flattops Out, Flat Spots In

Education programs aimed at encouraging parents to put babies to sleep on their backs have helped lower the mortality rate from sudden infant death syndrome, but they have also contributed to the growing incidence of flat spots on the backs of babies’ heads. Nearly half of Canadian two-month olds now have an observable head deformation. Though this is more of a cosmetic issue than a health risk, researchers say parents should still do their best to prevent flat spots from developing. Steps they can take include holding babies whenever possible, only putting them in car seats when traveling, and giving them supervised “tummy time” when they are awake.More… Discuss


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