Because the skull of an infant is very soft and the bones can be affected by pressure, baby flat-head can occur if an infant sleeps, lies, or sits too long in one position. This can lead to permanent head shape changes. Baby flat-head can also lead to changes in the jaw joints associated with opening the mouth, which can affect speech sounds. Up to eighty-five percent of infants who develop a flat spot also have some neck muscle imbalances making them unable to fully move their head and neck in all directions and who may need a physical therapy program to gain back this mobility.
Baby flat-head is preventable with sufficient supervised tummy time during waking hours and by positioning infants in a sleeping position on their backs with alternating head positions. Please view the video for more information.
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