How to Avoid Plagiocephaly



Many times babies are born with this condition and many others plagiocephaly is developed during the newborn's first months of life. Pay attention to torticollis symptoms in your newborn. If you notice that your baby is always turning or laying his head to the same side, this could be a torticollis symptom, and plagiocephaly could result. To avoid it or to correct this problem without the need of a head band or cranial helmet, it is very important that you follow directions from your pediatrician or professional but never, never put your baby to sleep on his tummy, this increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)! It is recommended to change baby's position frequently. These are some tips to help your baby's neck mobility in order to avoid or improve the shape of the head. If the shape of the head does not improve by 3 or 4 months of age, contact your doctor.


torticollis exercise picture to treat plagiocephaly

Torticollis Exercises

Torticollis is generally treated using physical therapy and a home exercise regimen. However, curing torticollis can be a different journey for each family who experiences it, depending on the severity of the tort and plagio and the choices of additional therapies that work the best for the child. But in all cases, physical therapy is critical.
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Tummy Time Exercises

When they do tummy time they are exercising and using neck, arms and hands muscles. That is why it is so important to get them used to that position as soon as possible. Once they turn one month you can start doing simple exercises. Once they can hold their heads without help (close to three months) it is advisable to put them on their tummies more often. At the beginning some of them won’t like this position. Don’t worry about that, they will learn this ability and then it will be fun for them. >>> Open PDF To Read More.

baby tummy time picture to avoid plagiocephaly


Baby positioning to avoid plagiocephaly

Positioning

Frequent changes to your baby’s positioning can also reduce the risk of developing a flat head. Simple adjustments, like alternating the side of the crib that your baby sleeps on, or alternating the hip on which you carry your baby, can improve your child’s neck mobility and help to prevent or improve an abnormal head shape. Positioning techniques are generally effective up to four months of age. >>> Open PDF To Read More.


We used Tummy Time and Activity Centers to make Tummy Time for Alexander more enjoyable. If your baby doesn't like Tummy Time at all, don't just put him there, get to the floor with him and use toys and sing to entertain him. He will soon like being in that position! The Exersaucer and the Bumbo seat are two great items when you don't want to have your baby's head against anything, avoid the pressure on baby's skull! Good luck!



See Alexander's photos before and after DocBand® treatment


Infant head with plagiocephaly before and after picture

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Infant head with plagiocephaly before and after picture

Photo by: CranialTech

Infant head with plagiocephaly before and after picture

Photo by: CranialTech

Infant head with plagiocephaly before and after picture

Photo by: CranialTech

Infant head with plagiocephaly before and after picture

Photo by: CranialTech

Infant head with plagiocephaly before and after picture

Photo by: CranialTech


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If you think your baby has this condition, contact your pediatrician right away with this concern! Find out what other services or helmet providers are out there before starting treatment with one. Check with your health insurance what options they have for you but always, always do what your heart tells you.