Originally published at: http://www.pregnancymagazine.com/questions/risk-of-flat-head-syndrome
A: The fact is all babies are at risk of getting flat head syndrome. The good news is if you’re asking this before you have your baby, and you understand how to prevent it, then the chances of it developing in your baby are significantly lower.
Flat head syndrome is a condition in which flat spots form on baby’s skull, often combined with a tight neck muscle due to babies spending up to 16 hours a day on their backs in the first few months of life. Sometimes babies are born with the condition due to position in utero or birth trauma. In both cases, if you begin repositioning your infant right after birth, you can avoid long term issues from flat head syndrome. Here’s how:
Start supervised tummy time as soon as possible with your baby. This will strengthen their neck muscles and get them comfortable in this position as they grow. Alternate the arm in which you hold baby for both bottle and breast feeding.