It is recommended to place your baby to sleep on his or her back to reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation. Many parents worry that this will cause flat head syndrome, plagiocephaly. This is caused when babies spend time in a position that puts pressure on one part of the skull. To prevent this, here are a few tips:
• Alternate your baby's head position when you put her to sleep
• Hold baby in an upright position when awake
• Encourage tummy time
• Alternate holding positions when feeding
For additional advice, please view this video by Dr Tanya Altmann titled “Why Should Baby Sleep on Her Back? Won't She be at Risk of Flat Head?”.
Flat head syndrome is largely preventable. Your pediatrician will check your baby’s head at each appointment, and it is helpful for you to check as well and remain aware of what your baby’s head feels like. If you notice anything unusual or concerning, contact your pediatrician.