Tuesday, 29 October 2013

My baby has a lopsided head!

Or Plagiocephaly as it is officially called. I didn't notice with Seb until 3 months in! Poor kid favours turning his head to the left. No matter how many times I turn his head to the right, it snaps back to the left.

Worried that it would be permanent I went to the doctors, they said it wasn't a major concern and it will correct itself when Seb starts sitting up and to do a lot of tummy time. I was sceptical about just waiting till Seb was 6 months old to see if his head would magically pop back into shape because then it would be too late as his little skull would have hardened. So I did some googling (which is always dangerous of course). The more I read the more worried I got. Treatments I have found were from lots of tummy time to surgery! Seb's Plagiocephaly isn't severe so hoping lots of tummy time and use of some recommended baby pillows will help from further misshaping (come on magic!). And as the doctor joked, the worse that could happen is that Seb will not be able to wear glasses. Stick to your day job doc, stick to your day job.

The first pillow I purchased is the Clevamama Clevafoam Baby Pillow made out of memory foam. It takes off the pressure of the soft skull to stop it from flattening. We use this for his bed time.

The ClevaFoam™ Baby Pillow is scientifically proven to protect the round shape of your baby’s head and helps to prevent Flat Head Syndrome. ClevaFoam has been specifically researched, engineered, designed and manufactured for babies. ClevaFoam Pillows reduce the pressure on your baby's head by 50% and increase support by 80%. This comfortable and luxurious pillow has the added benefit of Airflow™ which will draw away moisture and increase airflow for the ultimate “Snug-ability”. It also ensures correct alignment of the head and spine to better support your baby for a peaceful night’s sleep. (Clevamama)

The second pillow is the Babymoov Lovenest, a cute heart shaped pillow with a hole for baby's head to fit in. It is small so great for out and about and nappy changing time. I use it downstairs for nap time.

Created and patented by a french and well-known paediatrician, the Lovenest is the original ergonomic headrest: its special inclination and shapre guarantee pressure is distributed over the child's skull. Everything does not press on the back of his head, thereby allowing baby to keep a nice round head without distrurbing his comfort and movements during his sleeping. (Babymoov)

I have been using them for a few weeks now. Not sure if it has made any difference but I do find that Seb sleeps less to one side now. Could be the pillows helping or it could be Seb naturally sleeping in more positions. Who knows, but it can't hurt right?

Does your little one have a lopsided / flat head? What did you do about it? Would love to know what you did about it and if it worked or not.

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