Pillows, stretches tied to less misshapen kids\' heads
According to a new study, parents who use stretching exercises and special sleep pillows found that head deformity improves when the baby is lying in the same place for a long time.
According to a group of German researchers who conducted the study, these two alternatives are cheaper than special helmets that cost $2,000 or more, and are usually covered by insurance only in some countries.
\"These may be easier choices for some parents . \"author Dr. Jan-
Falco Wilbrand of Jason University told Reuters.
\"Helmets must be worn 24 hours a day and are expensive.
Physical therapy is something you can easily accomplish at home. . .
The pillow is about $25.
\"The baby\'s head deformity includes a severe flat on the back of the head and on the side of the face, and the head is too short.
\"Sometimes the heads we see are much wider than the long ones,\" says Wilbrand, whose team\'s work is published in the journal Pediatrics.
\"Can you imagine how strange this looks, how hard it is for a child?
\"According to two recent studies, the number of abnormalities increased from 5% in the 1990 generation to 20% to 30% in 2008.
The researchers believe that this increase was partly triggered by efforts that began in the medium term.
1990 s, curb sudden infant death syndrome by putting sleeping babies on their backs.
Besides potential self-harm
Uncorrected head deformity also affects tooth health and delays brain development, the study said.
Most head deformities do not cause serious long periods of time
Physical damage or brain damage, though a very small, very rare deformity.
The German research team followed 50 infants five months and under five months who had moderate to severe head abnormalities that did not pose serious physical or neurological risks.
Of the 43 infants, the researchers were able to check after six weeks, and about 18% of the stretched babies and 19% of the babies using pillows had an improvement in deformity.
While the study is \"commendable\", it does not include a group of babies that have neither pillows nor stretching, so it\'s hard to say how effective these strategies are, Dr.
Michael Cunningham is treating head deformity at the Seattle Children\'s Hospital.
Cunningham told Reuters Health channel that at the age of 5 to 7 months, the shape of the baby\'s head \"you often start to see spontaneous improvement\" and that they were all soft at birth,
After that, healthy babies became more flexible and raised their heads more frequently.
Cunningham says it\'s not easy for them to be in the same position for a long time.
Once they wake up, the baby should be taken from their back, he said.
Cunningham added: \"turn me over if you see my eyes. ” SOURCE: bit.
Journal of Pediatrics, Ly/TNddwp, January 14, 2013.