The “Back to Sleep” campaign was introduced in the early 1990’s to help prevent babies from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). When a baby is born their heads are still soft and their skull will slowly harden over the next few months. However, laying your baby in the same position all the time places gentle pressure on the back of the skull, causing it to slowly change shape.
Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only. If you think your newborn is developing plagiocephaly, please consult with your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible. All opinions in this post are my own and may differ from your opinions.
It’s Tummy Time
Tummy time is important for your newborn’s development and it also helps prevent your baby from developing plagiocephaly, also known as flathead. A flat spot can develop any where on your babies head, not just the back. If you begin to notice signs that your baby is developing plagiocephaly, tell your child’s pediatrician or health care provider so that they can monitor it and start treatment if necessary.