The Plagiocephaly-Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) dilemma
In 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) launched the “Back-to-Sleep campaign” in order to reduce the frequency of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This campaign, still in action, advises parents to place their children on the back in the crib and on a hard baby bed mattress so that the baby's face will not be smothered by a soft mattress if he/she ends up on the stomach. Unfortunately, because of the hard nature of the baby bed mattress, the number of babies suffering from Plagiocephaly (also known as Flat Head Syndrome) sky rocketed. Most of the babies’ head flattening (Flat Head Syndrome or Plagiocephaly) occurs during the first 3 months of life, when the baby’s skull is still malleable and as they lay most of the time on a firm baby bed mattress. Plagiocephaly can lead to cranial asymmetry and could be responsible for more than antithetical problems. You can learn more about what Plagiocephaly is in this medical article. Over the past several years, pediatricians have seen an increase in the number of babies with Plagiocephaly (or Flat Head syndrome), particularly the unilateral flattening of the occiput. Although associated with some risk of informational Plagiocephaly, healthy young infants should sleep on their backs for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) prevention. This practice has been associated with a dramatic decrease in the incidence of SIDS.