Why Do Babies Wear Helmets?
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This is the conclusion to which the researchers arrived after examining the skull of 84 children who had moderate to severe plagiocephaly. Half of them wore a helmet from the age of 6 months to 1 year, while the others were exempted.
Their results show that by the age of 2, skulls had returned to normal shape in 26% of toddlers wearing helmets, compared to 23% of babies who did not wear any helmets. This difference is not significant.
In both groups, the majority of parents were satisfied with the look of their baby's head. In addition, all parents whose children used the helmet reported side effects: skin irritation, sweating, unpleasant smell, pain and difficulty in cuddling their children.
Because of these disadvantages and their low efficiency, the hard hats should not be a standard treatment for babies with flat heads, the researchers conclude.
Babies with very large deformities of the skull, however, were excluded from this study. It is therefore not possible to determine whether they could benefit from the use of these helmets.
The Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS), for its part, argues that wearing a helmet may be an option when asymmetry is pronounced. However, although the headset speeds up the correction process, it does not change the final result. CPC does not recommend it for mild to moderate asymmetry since there is insufficient evidence of its effectiveness.
According to a Canadian study, half of babies, aged 2 to 3 months, have a minor deformity of the skull. The number of cases has reportedly increased significantly since it is recommended that infants be placed on their backs. However, the flat head is a minimal disadvantage, in comparison with the benefits of the dodo on the back. Since this measure was promoted in 1992, the death rate from sudden infant death syndrome has halved.
How to prevent?
Skull deformities in infants develop in the first months of life as he grows up quickly and the bones of his skull are still soft. To prevent them, parents can take the following precautions:
- When your baby is awake and a person is watching, it is advisable to put it on your stomach several times a day.
- Vary the support of baby's head from birth. When in bed, make sure your head is not always turned to the same side.
- When he has the ability to turn his head by himself, alternate his orientation in the bed by setting it either towards the head or towards the foot of his bed.
- Use a mobile to get his attention and make him turn his head.