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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

What products can you use for repositioning?

Mimos Pillow

The Mimos Pillow is a Class 1 Medical Device in Canada.  The Mimos Pillow both helps prevent and correct positional skull deformities.  When using for correction, we recommend Mimos be used as part of a treatment plan.

The Mimos Pillow is recommended by paediatricians and neurosurgeons plus many other healthcare professionals around the world and is available in 25 countries. Mimos has undergone clinical trials for effectiveness and is international laboratory tested for breathability (TUV), anti-suffocation and the risk of CO2 rebreathing.

Tortle Beanie

The Tortle beanie helps to prevent flat spots and tight neck muscles from forming. The Tortle will also help reposition her head away from her flat spots. Newborns can wear the tortle for the first six months of life as a positioning aid to help with Flat Head Syndrome.

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