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How to Prevent?

HOW TO PREVENT?

Can deformational plagiocephaly be prevented?

While not all deformational plagiocephaly cases will correct on their own, there are some efforts that can help prevent or reduce its effects:

  • Timely diagnosis and protocol referenced treatment including acquiring accurate anthropometric data
  • Comprehensive and timely parent education especially in high risk cases
  • Frequent changes in body and head positions (repositioning strategies) incorporated into a tummy time home programme
  • Prone positioning when the infant is awake and supervised
  • Limit time in carriers and positioning devices
  • Use of a cranial remolding orthosis when indicated
  • Prescribe pediatric physiotherapy or occupational therapy at three months or earlier if there is:
    • Strong positional head/neck preference
    • Torticollis
    • Developmental delay
    • Cranial deformity

Preventative tools

Please click here to download our Tummy Time Tools and Repositioning documents

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