Study finds little evidence supporting helmets for flattened skulls

The number of babies with flattened skulls has increased since pediatricians began urging parents to put babies to sleep on their backs to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome, and many parents have tried custom-made helmets to correct skull deformation. But the helmets are no better than no treatment at all, according to a study published in the journal BMJ. Some pediatricians and specialists recommend repositioning the baby's head, and physical therapy may help in cases where tight neck muscles prevent that, says Chad Perlyn, a craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgeon at Miami Children's Hospital.

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