Preventing Flat Spots
In our last blog we discussed the importance of tummy time and how it can be used to help prevent flat head syndrome but there are many other ways to help prevent flats spots on your babies head, which can all also be used to improve your baby's health and wellbeing.
Firstly, changing the direction that your baby lies in their cot from one week to the next can make a significant difference in the prevention of flat spots by making sure the baby is not resting on the same part of his or her head all the time. For example, have the baby’s feet point toward one end of the cot for a few days, and then change the position so his or her feet point toward the other end of the cot for the next few days.
Another way is to avoid your child spending too much time in a bouncer, rocker or swing when awake. While bouncers, rockers and swings are great for keeping baby entertained, providing parents with some well deserved respite, are also great for teaching baby hand eye co ordination, awareness of their body in space and helping to develop the vestibular parts of there brain, the head is still pressed against the seat, which can cause flattening. Bouncer, rockers and swings can be used throughout the day for around 10-20 minutes at a time but long periods of time should be avoided.
Lastly, cuddle time with your baby is another way to minimise flat spots, while also facilitating a greater bonding experience between you and your little one. By holding baby upright over one shoulder throughout the day, you not only get to have some quality time with your baby but as their head is not in contact with any surfaces, it can help prevent flattening.
Combined with tummy time, these three methods can be used to help prevent the development of flat head syndrome but if you have any serious concerns, consulting a health care professional or a child care specialist is always best!