Because an infant's skull is flexible, he/she runs the risk of flattening his/her skull when against any surface. Doctors recommend alternating positions of the infant to evenly distribute the pressure of gravity on the growing skull. When parents observe flattening on the head, they should encourage a position where the flat spot is not touching. Supervised tummy time during the day is also important. A child should spend half of his/her waking time on his/her stomach.
Examples of ways to avoid flattening of the skull can be found below:
For Torticollis (a tight neck muscle):
Repositioning is considered conservative treatment of cranial asymmetry for a child less than 6 months old. If repositioning does not improve the shape of the child's head after 3-4 months, a doctor may recommend a cranial helmet.
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If your child has a supply, equipment or nursing need, please contact your child's physician for a referral to Cook Children's Home Health.
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