How to avoid a flat spot on your baby’s head?
Also known as Plagiocephaly, a flat spot is usually caused when your baby repeatedly lies with their head in the same position – it is important to prevent this to avoid the need for treatment – A baby’s skull bones don’t entirely fuse and harden until several months after birth. Soft, pliable bones allow easier passage through the birth canal and give a baby’s brain ample room to grow, these soft bones also mean that a baby’s head can change shape.
A few tips to help avoid this:
– Ensure your baby is having enough supervised tummy time
– Alternate the way you hold and carry your baby instead of placing them in the same position every time
– Monitor the way they position their head while sleeping
If you do notice your baby begins to prefer sleeping with their head on one side more than the other, or when they are awake, they tend to have their head in the same position – you may need to reposition their sleeping environment (for example, changing their crib in the room if they always look out the window before falling asleep), you may also like to try turning the crib 180 degrees to see if this prompts them to look and thus fall asleep on their non-preferred side.
If you have any concerns about this, ensure you discuss it with your paediatrician, who will be able to guide you on the best course of action for your baby.