Prevent flat head syndrome in your baby | The Examiner

Prevent flat head syndrome in your baby | The Examiner

Originally published on: http://www.examiner.com/article/prevent-flat-head-syndrome-your-baby-new-product

Babies have soft and moldable heads for the first 6 months of life. Any sustained pressure to one part of the back of the head could potentially cause a flat spot. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics the incidence of flat spots ranges from 1 in 300 to 48% of babies. What can parents do? Leading Chicago experts from Swedish Covenant Hospital and Safety Squad recommend the below steps in all their classes to new parents and caregivers:

1. Mix up baby's position often during awake periods. Don't overuse any piece of baby gear equipment for extended periods of time. Swings, bouncy seats, & car seat carriers all put pressure on the back of baby's head. Once you are out of the moving vehicle, take baby out of the car seat carrier.
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