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More Babies Developing Flattened Heads

Last updated on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

(UNDATED) - A new study in the Journal of Pediatrics finds more babies now have a flattened head due to babies lying on their backs too much.

St. Vincent Pediatrician Dr. Amanda Beach says that is due to the overwhelming success of an education campaign launched in the early 1990's to have babies sleep on their backs to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

The condition where an infant's head is flat is called plagiocephaly, but Dr. Beach says it's usually easily correctable, and she says the condition does not hamper brain growth.

She says to have babies lie on their stomachs for a couple of minutes two times a day to prevent the flattening, and to also help strengthen neck muscles. Dr. Beach says if the head doesn't eventually round out, it's best to call your pediatrician.

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