I received a question yesterday from a new mom asking how chiropractic can help her baby who’s developing a flat spot on the back of her head.
Plagiocephaly or Flat Head Syndrome is an asymmetrical distortion (flattening of one side) of the skull. Their is typically a flat spot on the back or one side of the head caused by remaining in a supine or face up position for too long.
There’s been an increase in deformational plagiocephaly since 1992, when the American Academy of Pediatrics began recommending infants be placed to sleep in the prone or face up position, in hopes to decrease the number of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)-associated fatalities. Intrauterine constraint, late gestational age, birthing forces or trauma, and postnatal positioning also play a role in the development of plagiocephaly. It was once believe to be a just a cosmetic problem, but now studies and reports are linking plagiocephaly to possible mental, psychomotor, or developmental delays, auditory processing disorders, vision problem, and jaw asymmetry.
In our practice, we’ve found the earlier chiropractic care can be implemented for infants with plagiocephaly the better. Using light force techniques to address spinal and cranial dysfunction infant’s will be more likely to:
Reach developmental milestones on time,
Resolve cranial facial symmetries and improved the shape of their head (occipital bone)
Love tummy time again (which is so vital to their growth and development)!
Eat normally and sleep through the night.
Allow them to lay tummy to tummy with parents and have their head touched and caressed without fussing.
In this video, I discuss some on the visual clues to look for in your infant to better help you determine if chiropractic care help!