Study shows nearly half of babies have positional plagiocephaly

07/8/2013 | NBC News

Examinations of 440 babies at clinics in Calgary, Canada, found that nearly 47% had flat spots on their heads, largely caused by putting them to sleep on their backs -- advice that has dramatically cut rates of sudden infant death syndrome. Custom orthotic helmets are used for children with severe cases. Aliyah Mawji, a registered nurse at Mount Royal University, where the study took place, advises parents to encourage babies to sleep on both sides and give them "tummy time" to strengthen neck, belly and arms.

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