Bioscience

Baby’s sleep position major factor in “flat-headedness”

November 18, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: ScienceDaily] – A baby’s sleep position is the best predictor of a misshapen skull condition known as deformational plagiocephaly — or the development of flat spots on an infant’s head — according to findings reported by Arizona State University scientists in the December issue of the journal Pediatrics.

Analyzing the largest database to date, more than 20,000 children, the ASU researchers found that the number of babies who have developed flat-headedness has dramatically increased since 1992. The increase coincides with the American Academy of Pediatrics launch of a “Back to Sleep” educational campaign that recommended parents place their infants on their backs to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

For more information: Baby’s Sleep Position Is the Major Factor in ‘Flat-Headedness’