Navigation Links
More Babies Today Have Irregular Head Shape: Expert
Date:4/27/2012

FRIDAY, April 27 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of babies with irregular head shapes, such as a flattened section in the back of the skull, have increased in the United States since the Back to Sleep campaign was introduced in 1994 to prevent sudden infant death syndrome, an expert says.

"There's no doubt that as we as a country began putting babies to sleep on their backs, the incidence of [sudden infant death syndrome] declined significantly," Dr. Sherilyn Driscoll, director of pediatric rehabilitation medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a Mayo news release. "Simultaneously, the incidence of positional plagiocephaly, or head-shape asymmetry caused by babies' sleeping position, increased."

Driscoll said head-shape asymmetries generally are easy to treat but timing is crucial. Treatment must take place while the skull is still growing and before the skull bones have fused and soft spots have closed.

Head-shape asymmetry should be treated as soon as it's noticed. One method, called repositioning, involves supervised tummy time for babies when they're awake or showing them toys and encouraging them to turn to either side, Driscoll said.

If this approach doesn't work, helmeting therapy can help skull bones grow in the proper direction. The helmets do not press on or reshape babies' skulls, Driscoll said in the release. Helmeting therapy is most effective when it begins at 4 months to 6 months of age. By the time a baby reaches a year old, only minimal correction of head shape can be achieved.

Parents who notice a head-shape asymmetry in an infant younger than 4 months can meet with a specialist to discuss ways to reposition infants -- in car seats for example -- and strategies to encourage infants to turn their head toward the less flattened side, Driscoll said.

She also stressed that a baby with a head shape asymmetry needs to be seen by a specialist who can determine if the shape is due to the baby's sleeping position or some other cause.

"There are a few less-common conditions of greater concern, such as craniosyntosis, that can cause a head-shape asymmetry, and those need to be ruled out first," Driscoll said.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has more about head asymmetry in infants.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic, news release, April 19, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Slow-growing babies more likely in normal-weight women; Less common in obese pregnancies
2. Depressed Moms May Hinder Babies Sleep
3. Babalung gets babies breathing again
4. More Unmarried Couples Having Babies: CDC
5. New pregnancy risk for babies and moms
6. Pesticides May Be Linked to Slightly Smaller Babies, Shorter Pregnancies
7. Seeing double: 1 in 30 babies born in US is a twin
8. Giving Birth to Small Babies Linked to Heart Disease in Moms: Study
9. Moms Antidepressants May Affect Babies Head Size: Study
10. Flu Shots for Pregnant Moms May Protect Babies
11. Weekend Delivery Doesnt Hurt Babies With Birth Defects: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
More Babies Today Have Irregular Head Shape: Expert
(Date:10/12/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Cheng, are now treating sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. ... a serious sleep disorder characterized by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( https://isocomforter.com ... introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. The shoulder pad ... comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and water ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Information ... we intend to develop to enable prevention of a major side effect of ... loss, especially in pediatric patients. For cisplatin, hearing loss is FDA listed on-label ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... Leading pediatric oncology experts at Children’s National Health ... Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Oct. 12-15. Chaired ... Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National, and Stephen P. Hunger, M.D., Chief ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Health ... interactive health literacy software tool, and the Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN), an ... education, today announce a new strategic alliance. , As CPEN’s strategic partner, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/27/2017)... , Sept. 27, 2017  DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), a leading global ... that its MyDario product is expected to appear on The Dr. Oz ... Dr. Oz Show airs in your area: http://www.doctoroz.com/page/where-watch-dr-oz-show ... The nine-time Emmy award-winning, The Dr. Oz Show kicked ... The segment features ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... , Sept. 25, 2017  EpiVax, Inc., a ... design, and immune-engineering today announced the launch of ... development of personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax has ... exclusive access to enabling technologies to the new ... will lead EpiVax Oncology as Chief Executive Officer. ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... Sept. 22, 2017  As the latest Obamacare repeal ... Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham ... the medical device industry is in an odd place. ... the 2.3% excise tax on medical device sales passed ... want covered patients, increased visits and hospital customers with ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: