In my previous blog, I spoke about how using slings can help prevent what is known as Flat Head Syndrome occurring in babies. If you’ve never heard of this before, the Daily Mail have recently run an article speaking to the family of a 17-month old sufferer.
Flat Head Syndrome is caused when babies lay on their backs, and thus put all of the weight of their heads on their skulls. As the bone is still developing, this can cause the back of the skull to become completely flat.
The rise in this condition is attributed to mothers being told to lay their babies on their backs, to help prevent cot death. Another reason is that, as mothers are busier and busier these days, children spend more time in car seats or baby bouncers. Not only does this also put pressure on the baby’s skull, but it can also lead to problems with their lower backs and knees due to not being able to move around and their spine not being kept straight.
As you would expect, Flat Head Syndrome is not just a cosmetic issue, but it can lead to a whole host of other health problems. This is why the baby in the article, Evie, now has to wear a specially-made helmet for 23 hours a day to correct the condition which has cost her parents £2,000.
The article then goes on to explain that while car seats are necessary, they should be used as little as possible and that babies should be left free to roam on the floor when at home. However, the best part of the article, in my opinion, is the advocacy of using slings. It is mentioned that slings encourage closeness as well as leaving your hands free if you have things to do.
I wholeheartedly recommend having a read of the whole article at the link below, as it contains some incredibly useful information for parents. Let us know what you think of the issue in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.