Did you know that more than a million babies each year will be diagnosed with Flathead Syndrome (Plagiocephaly) in the USA alone? I’m nervous my new baby may be one of them, which is why I chose to review this product!
This number of Flat Head syndrome cases has increased over 600% since 1992, and affects nearly 48% of all babies 0-6 months old. This is largely a consequence of the combination of lifestyle changes in families and because babies now sleep on their backs. But, the Tortle hat can help prevent this before expensive treatments need to be used!
In her nearly 30 years as a practicing physician Dr. Jane Scott has counseled and educated parents to help prevent as well as treat the many problems associated with Flat Head Syndrome. As a result of her hands-on treatment of children with this condition she developed an infant beanie called Tortle, an FDA cleared, Class 1 medical device. The beanie is designed to help parents easily reposition their infants and prevent Plagiocephaly (flat head) and Torticollis (tense neck muscles from lack of support).
Denver, Colorado –(August 2013) –A new study from Calgary-Alberta-based Mount Royal University quoted in Pediatrics (found that of 440 healthy infants sampled, 47 percent of babies ages 7 to 12 weeks had some form of Flat Head Syndrome (positional plagiocephaly and torticollis).
My first daughter for sure had a flat head as an infant. Now that she’s 4, you would never know. But for awhile, I didn’t like how her flat and bald back of her head looked. She slept on her back (and her head was bigger than average) making for the perfect scenario to get a flat head. Her pediatrician was never concerned, and it did fix itself over time. But nonetheless, it has been on my radar with my second baby. Molly is not showing as severe signs of a flat head as much as her sister, but you can for sure tell she sleeps on her back and is starting to get a flat spot at 4 months old. Because of that, I’m trying to get more and more in the habit of putting the Tortle on her head. I’ve used it when she’s been playing on the floor (as you see both of my girls in the picture above.) I know wearing the Tortle is not recommended during non-supervised sleeping periods. But day time naps I feel comfortable having Molly wear it since I have a video baby monitor (the first picture was today at naptime).
I wasn’t really concerned about her wearing it while in her swing or car seat because I thought enough pressure would be off of the back of her head in those places. But after I watched the two videos below, I saw that in fact she should be wearing it those times too.
I’m also trying to incorporate these suggestions as well to avoid Flat Head Syndrome:
*Feeding – alternate the arm in which the infant is held for both the bottle and breast feeding. (I’m bad at this – I have been a one position feeder all along. Now I find out its not good for Molly’s head, and I’m sure its not good for my shoulders or back muscles either.)
*Sleeping – Place baby’s head at opposite ends of the crib on alternate nights. Baby can wear their Tortle for optimal alignment during any supervised sleep time throughout the day.
*Tummy Time – The more time baby can spend playing with supervision on their tummy, the better. While most babies are resistant to tummy time at first, it should become more enjoyable as they become more familiar with the position. (both of my girls have hated tummy time and just cry – so tummy time has been very limited in our house.)
*Travel – Make sure baby is wearing their Tortle while riding in car seats, strollers, etc., and switch the side of the support roll from time to time.
Check out these videos (4 and a half minutes each) as they help explain why this product was made and how to use it.
This video is helpful if you are a mom and wants a mom perspective on this product, and not just the Dr./creator’s perspective.
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