ADDITIONAL CARE FOR FLAT HEAD PREVENTION
As soon as your baby starts to develop head control, help your baby to play on their tummy when awake. Always supervised your baby when they are playing on their tummy. Never let your baby fall asleep on their tummy.
BENEFIT OF TUMMY TIME:
Normal musculoskeletal development. Being in prone provides baby opportunity to work out the upper body muscles thereby develops balance of flexion and extension needed for normal musculoskeletal development. It will strengthen neck, back, shoulders and hip muscles and help develop baby’s motor skills hence reach for toys in a more active way.
Learning and discovery. Looking around from a new perspective encourages baby learning and discovery of the world.
Self-confidence. When baby learns to make his body do new things, he feels a sense of accomplishment and gains more confidence to try new skills as he grows and his coordination improves. Besides, they will turn around faster.
Self-exploration. Being in prone baby is exposed to a lot of tactile sensory input to the face, mouth and other body parts thus stimulate learning and self-exploration.
Crawling. Tummy time also encourages baby to crawl earlier by practicing reaching and pivoting, skills that are the precursor for crawling.
Less pressure on the head. Reduce time where baby’s head on a firm surface, which is very beneficial for the recovery of the head’s flat spot
HOW TO DO TUMMY TIME:
Tummy Time to play: minimum 30 minutes a day but the more the better Start early. Introduce tummy time within the first few days of life and continued thereafter. Place your newborn belly-down on your chest or across your lap for a few minutes is a good start to get him accustomed to the position.
- Think comfort. Lay your little one down on a flat, clean surface, such as a blanket or play mat on the floor. If she squirms or cries, try some extra padding. Roll up a small receiving blanket and tuck it under her chest, at the nipple level with arms forward of the roll, to help shift the weight posteriorly. This small adjustment can make big difference for baby’s tolerance for tummy time.
- Add a little extra time. Put baby on his tummy after each diaper change. Add a little extra time each day. Short periods of quality tummy time are more beneficial than leaving baby in prone for longer time while crying.
- Go head to head. Lie down on the floor and get face-to-face with your infant. Make goofy noises and expressions, or sing songs. You might feel silly, but your infant will be less likely to fight being on his belly.
- Give her distractions. Hold a mirror in front of your baby to capture her attention. Or place brightly colored stuffed animals just within her reach. There are also plenty of tummy-time toys that can keep your baby from getting bored.
- Get others in on the act. Encourage friends, relatives, and your child’s caregivers to get down on the floor for short periods of tummy time with him as well.
Reduce and redistribute the pressure evenly by rotating the head positions when lying on the back to sleep
To prevent constant pressure acting on any particular side of the soft skull, rotate the head positions when sleeping on the back. This helps to reduce and redistribute the pressure
Baby should be placed to sleep on their backs for the prevention of SIDS. Supine sleeping (back to sleep) is 6 times safer then prone sleeping (on tummy).
Put your baby at opposite ends of the crib each night to encourage baby to face to both directions.
- Place brightly-colored crib safe toys next to his crib to attract his/her attention and help him/her turn his/her head in a different direction each night
- If your baby prefers to fall asleep while facing you, and then change your position each night so his/her head does not rest on the same side.
ALTERNATING SIDES WHEN HANDLING BABY
Handling baby equally from both sides facilitates and stimulates active cervical (neck) rotation in both directions.
This is important to prevent asymmetry neck muscles tightness and preferred head position (also known as positional preference) which often lead to deformational plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome).
Handle your baby equally from both sides when nursing, bottle feeding, changing and dressing.
MINIMIZE THE USE OF CAR SEAT, BOUNCY CHAIR, BABY CARRIAGE AND SWING
Extended use of all these devices, letting our babies to sleep on them can contribute to flat head syndrome because these devices have hard and rigid flat surface.It is wise to limit the use of these devices to when only necessary. The baby car seat should be left in the car and used only when baby is travelling in the car.When babies are using these devices, care should be given to support the head adequately to prevent it from repeatedly falling to one side.
Instead of spending time on these devices we should hug and cuddle our babies more in the upright position for instance the front carrier. This can help to promote stronger bonding too.
SKULL MOLDING HEADBAND
Some times after careful re positioning, the misshapen head does not improve then a helmet or molding head band therapy may be needed. This special type of head band is called a DOC band (dynamic orthotic cranioplasty).
The head band presses gently on the prominent (misshapen) areas of the skull limiting growth in those areas. This method encourages the skull to grow in the flattened areas. The molding head band is also rounded on the outside to prevent the baby’s head from falling to one side rather than the other.
The head band is most effective if it is fitted early. Babies should be fitted by 6 months, at the latest by 11 months. This is because babies’ heads grow very quickly in the first 12 months of life. The head band helps the skull “grow back to normal”. After 12 months of age, the bones of the skull are harder and more difficult to mold.
The head band must be worn every day for 23 hours. The baby and the head band need to be checked regularly to ensure the head is growing well. The head band therapy usually takes four months of treatment for the skull to return to normal shape.
USE MIMOS PILLOW TO PROTECT BABY’S HEAD
MIMOSPILLOW is a tridimensional polyester pillow which designed specially by doctors, neurosurgeon and physiotherapist to reduce the pressure under the head.
This allows the head to grow normally and round out to its natural shape. It is very effective when used before 6 months of age. It is recommended to use the pillow for prevention from the very first day of life.
MIMOSPILLOW support baby’s soft skull during sleeping or when baby is laying on a hard or flat surface such as mattress or in a stroller. The pillow adapts to any head shape and therefore is not necessary to counter-rotate or reposition the head as usually recommended by doctors before the existence of MIMOSPILLOW.
As long as the head rests on the pillow cavity, the pressure spots are eliminated and the head can be round out. MIMOSPILLOW redistributes the weight of baby’s head onto a bigger surface area therefore it will avoid constant high pressure spot that produce skull flattening over time.
MIMOSPILLOW the only medical baby pillow recommended by more than 1000 pediatric doctor, physiotherapist, neurosurgeon and midwife around the world
Why MIMOSPILLOW is Very Effective?
- Medical Class 1 Approved Baby Pillow. CE Certification Class 1 Medical Device – European Authority Approved.
- Anti-Pressure Baby Pillow (400% pressure reduction). Provides 400% less pressure, protecting a baby’s soft head from flattening on the back or side of the head.
- Anti-Suffocation Baby Pillow – TUV Safety Certified completely safe for babies of all ages. 100% breathable. 94% of the pillow volume is air. Mimos provides a restful good night’s sleep without the worry of suffocation risk in babies.
- Soft and comfortable. Mimos air spacer baby pillow is made of 100% super soft and flexible 3D spacer fabric. Help your baby has a restful sleep.
- Dry and cooling. It provides dry sleeping environment without accumulation of moisture and heat, especially suitable for very young infants.
- Anti-Allergen with optimum hygiene. The MIMOSPILLOW are anti-allergic, antistatic, devoid of 100 harmful substances and resistant to mites and fungi. (Unlike memory form products that may cause allergic reactions on baby skin or may cause hairs drops etc.).
- Oekotex 100 class I. Certified safe for direct baby skin contact. MIMOSPILLOW is made of 100% Oekotex certified spacer fabric.
- Easy Care. The pillow can be cleaned effortlessly and dries quickly.
- Compact Size. Easily portable compared to bulky mattress type products. Therefore effective flat head prevention can be taken out from a baby’s cot and used on a nappy changing matt or used in a baby stroller for examples.
- No Reposition Needed. Makes parent’s life easier, simply place the baby’s head on the pillow knowing there is no risk of flat head syndrome even if your baby sleeps in the same position for extended periods.
- MIMOSPILLOW Compare to Normal Baby Pillow:
|Features||Mimos Pillow||Other Brand|
|Pressure relief baby pillow recommended by Paeditrician and Medical Specialist|
|Proven 400% Less Pressure on baby’s Head|
|100% breathable pillow contains 94% Air|
|Anti suffocation Certification|
|Safe Textiles used for baby’s direct skin Oekotex Class 1 Certified|
|Natural head and neck movement|
|Perfect spinal posture as recommended by physhioterapist|
|Airflow safely standard|
|Appropriate size for age stages|
|Breahtable Pillow Cover|
|Recommended in Postnatal word|
|Made in Spain with highest standard and acknowledge by Spain Health Ministry|
|Made from solid material|
|One size fits all|
|Made in China|