Originally Posted by skyewriter
what is with the 'hurry get them in a container!' mentality in this country?? doesn't anyone else notice that a helmet to wedge your child's flat head back into shape cuz you left it to rot in a plastic box of some kind is just wrong??
Actually when parents were advised to put their babies on their backs to sleep, to prevent cot death, SIDS incidence went down by 40% and plagiocephaly (flat-head or flat-spot, sometimes requiring a helmet to correct) went UP by 600%. So actually the fact that a baby is sleeping in a cot or container on its back IS a common reason for plagiocephaly (though of course as we see on this thread, not the only one by any stretch - prematurity also has a big risk of plagiocephaly, partly due to the softness of the bones and partly because the life-saving machines often hold the little head in the same position for weeks).
The issue is arguably one of safety though - it is not the container but the position within it - in the 1950's babies were routinely placed in a pram and only lifted once every 4 hours to be fed and changed, but because parents put infants on their backs, fronts and sides in said pram the situation where the baby lies in the same position for long periods (especially common in young babies whose heads are heavy, necks are weak and simply not fighting gravity for a few weeks creates a small flattening which requires even more strength to "resist" laying on that a perfectly round head did and therefore worsens exponentially) was uncommon.
I will admit that both of my babies have perfectly round heads, but i largely ignore the back-to-sleep advice since baby sleeps in arms, in a wrap, or in my bed with me where i'm less concerned about her checking out. I know babies usually in arms but who nap and sleep in a cot who have flattish heads. For those parents positional plagiocephaly (which often resolves without need for a helmet) is not great, but is better than a dead baby (which ignoring SIDS advice threatens).