Simply by helping to ensure that you can vary baby’s head and/or baby’s sleep position at alternate sleeps. When back-sleeping, some babies respond to alternate head turning, but many revert back to a favourite spot during sleep. Globally a significant number of Flat Heads do not “come right”. 4.2% globally need surgery as the brain cannot grow properly.
One of the many benefits of the Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap baby wrap is that it is a safe and very useful adjunct to keeping a newborn infant in a selected sleeping position when they are in the high Cot Death/SIDS/SUDI risk period (considered to be newborn – approximately 6months old) at time of writing.
Many mothers have prevented and remedied existing flat and misshapen heads by using the Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap and little HEADwedge, prevention is always better than cure.
When needing to help ‘correct’ Flat Heads: although originally not designed for this purpose Safe T Sleep worked with hospital cranio-facial plastic surgery clinics on a referral basis for over three years. Out of fifty four babies referred between the ages of 6 to 15months, who were scheduled for helmet therapy and two for surgery, only one baby still needed surgery.
Read and follow the product instructions carefully. Depending on the age and stage of development of the baby, the severity of the flat/misshapen head and in order to assist alternate baby side sleeping. It may be necessary, to use the following in conjunction with the Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap.
- Rolled up towels wedged at the back and/or front of the baby ensuring they will not unravel.
- Safe T Sleep HEADwedge. https://www.safetsleep.com/products/headwedge?variant=335505881
- It may also help to fold a single sheet vertically in half, place the sheet underneath the mattress with two overlapping ends, fold one end of the sheet across the baby and tuck into the opposite side of the mattress, then tuck the last side of the sheet over baby and underneath the side of mattress that the baby is facing.
If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Safe T Sleep (NZ) Ltd office on firstname.lastname@example.org, on FaceBook or phone +64 (0) 9 299 7589