Does anyone know if this is a necessity? What is a flat head syndrome? Is it something real or just to lure people to buy the item?
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18-03-2013 19:48 #1Member
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Flat Head Syndrome?
18-03-2013 19:50 #2
I'm guessing it's a lure
18-03-2013 19:50 #3
Perhaps just holding your baby would prevent a flat head
18-03-2013 19:59 #4
I actually used one of these with ds when he started developing a flat spot, he had plently of tummy time but would always sleep in the same position, flat on his back without turning his head. It really helped it.
18-03-2013 20:06 #5
Dd has a flat spot on the right hand side probably due to her favouring that side and (shameful secret here) us not giving her enough tummy time in the first 6 weeks because of her having to wear a brace for hip dysplasia ).
We are now aggressively doing tummy time... She really needs to strengthen her arms and neck. I'm in two minds about buying something like this though- there's lots of stuff on the market targeting flat head in babies... Many mixed reviews! Tenet Nosce.... How old was your LO when you started using it?
18-03-2013 20:45 #6
around 4-5 months I think
18-03-2013 20:56 #7
No it's not a necessity! My son developed a flat spot even tho he had heaps of tummy time. He is now 6 and has grown out if his flat spot. Some kids can develop them through no fault of your own (I have done the same things for all three kids) and only ds2 developed a flat spot.
With anything, there is no need to buy something unless there is a problem. Plenty of tummy time, holding baby and alternating which angle they sleep will help.
18-03-2013 21:12 #8
My ds got a pretty bad flat head because of his allergies and being on his tummy was painful. My paed said not to worry that it would get better once he started sitting and crawling and he was right.
18-03-2013 21:22 #9
Mine got a flat head.
It was like fully flat on the back. It was probably a rectangle that was about 4 1/2 inches wide and maybe 2 1/2 inches tall... just flat as a tack.
She's nearly 8 and her head hasn't been flat for a long time.
18-03-2013 21:44 #10
Gimmick. Don't buy it. I dont think its safe to put bubs head on a pillow anyway. Newborn babes should be lying flat on a firm mattress, with no pillows or blankets or toys in the Cot/bassinet. That's the safest for preventing sids.
Some babies will get a flat head no matter what you do and others will not get a flat head even if you do nothing (like us - DS had excellent neck/head control from the day he was born and constantly shifted his head back and forth in his sleep so it was never on one side for very long, so it didn't matter what side we lay his head down on, he would just change sides anyway.. And we hardly gave him any tummy time for ages... Can't remember why.. I think it's to do with not having a decent mat for him and our hardwood floors didn't seem comfy)..
His head isn't flat in any part of his head and never has been. Try not to stress about it.
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