Whether it's napping, laying in their prams, playing on play mats or sleeping in their cribs at night, babies spend a lot of time lay on their backs with their heads on flat surfaces. It's a good couple of months before babies can even sit up themselves unaided, something Willow is still a little while off of achieving herself, and unless you are physically holding your baby upright every moment they are awake, they will spend a lot of time on their backs with their heads down on a flat surface. For some babies, this familiar position can cause Plagiocephaly; flat-head syndrome.
As today is Plagiocephaly Awareness Day, I wanted to share with you how we are ensuring that Willow doesn't end up with Plagiocephaly, and ways you can prevent your baby getting it too.
Although the term flat-head syndrome may be more familiar to you than the specific term Plagiocephaly, I would bet a nice hot cuppa on the fact that more than one of you will have seen a baby or child with Plagiocephaly before. In most cases it presents itself as a flattened area of the skull, usually at the back but it can also appear on one or both sides of the skull as well. It is caused by pressure on the still-soft skull bones which are still forming and fusing as babies age and can even cause permanent changes to a babies skull.
Overall it affects 47% of babies between the ages of 7 and 12 weeks, which is a very large proportion, yet so few people know about Plagiocephaly, or that it can be preventable when the right measures are taken.
Healthcare professionals recommend moving your babies head as often as possible to ensure they are not in the same position each time they are on their back, but if your baby is anything like Willow then you'll know it's not always that easy. When I try and physically change Willow's position, she'll simply turn her head back around into the same position again!
Babymoov have an alternative that is not only incredibly effective, but also very budget-friendly. With the specifically designed Babymoov Lovenest Pillow, designed and created alongside French paediatrician Dr. Maidenberg, it is much easier to prevent Plagiocephaly with the innovative and ergonomic design the pillow offers. Incredibly soft and available in a variety of fabric designs, it's suitable for babies aged 0-4 months (although there's also the Lovenest+, which is suitable for babies 4 months +).
By placing your babies head in the incline which features in the centre of the Lovenest, the back of your babies skull rests in this safe position without actually being on a flat surface which could put pressure on the soft, delicate bones of your babies skull. It can be used in so many different ways and is so soft and cosy, that it doesn't cause any unnecessary strain on your babies neck or shoulders.
Willow has been using hers for around 4 weeks now and I make sure we use it every single day. We use it when we're playing on the bed, when she's on her playmat, when she's lay in her crib or in her carry-cot. It is as light as a feather and can even be used safely when sleeping. She seems more than happy when she is using it and it's small enough that we can even pop it in our changing back when we are going to visit family for the day, to make sure she can use it wherever we are.
So far it seems to be working; we haven't noticed any tell-tale signs of Plagiocephaly and I love the design and benefits of the Lovenest so much, that I will definitely be investing in the Lovenest+ when Willow is 4 months and ready to move up to the next size.
Did you know about Plagiocephaly and the ways in which you can prevent it? Did your baby develop Plagiocephaly, or perhaps you know a baby has it? Let me know and be sure to spread the word for World #PlagiocephalyAwarenessDay!
You can check out the full range over on www.babymoov.co.uk, with the Lovenest Original costing a very affordable £14.99.
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