Simply by helping to ensure you can vary baby’s head and/or body 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 well over 40% of flat and misshapen heads do not “come right”. 4.2% globally need surgery as the brain cannot grow properly. See: http://www.safetsleep.com/pages/testing-trialing-safety-compliance
One of the many benefits of the Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap product is that it is a safe and very useful adjunct to keeping an infant in a selected sleeping position.
Many mothers have remedied existing flat and misshapen heads in this way but prevention is better and much kinder than the cure.
When needing to help ‘correct’ flat/misshapen (deformed) heads
Although originally not designed for this purpose Safe T Sleep has 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. See: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0223/2655/files/NZ_Medical_Journal_Tristan_version.pdf?1306
Read and follow the product instructions carefully. Depending on the age and stage of development of the baby and in order to assist alternate side-sleeping, it may be necessary, to use in conjunction with the Sleepwrap the following:
- Rolled up towels wedged at the back and/or front of the baby.
- Safe T Sleep MULTIwedge
- It may also help to fold a single sheet vertically in half, place the sheet underneath the mattress, fold one side of the sheet across the baby and tuck into the opposite side of the mattress, then tuck the last side of the sheet into the side of mattress that the baby is facing.