Parents spend thousands of dollars to keep their kids safe, but new information shows one big expense may not be worth it.
Those helmets that are supposed to prevent babies from getting flat heads may not be working, CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported Friday.
When it’s bedtime for baby, pediatricians say back is best.
“Because babies are sleeping on their backs, the incidents of SIDS has gone down dramatically, by 50 percent. Because babies are sleeping on their back, they get flattening of the head,” pediatrician Dr. Minu George said.
Flat heads are quite common in fact, affecting 15-20 percent of infants. In some cases, infants wear helmets to reshape their skulls. Helmets can be expensive – in the thousands of dollars.
A new study results suggest spending the moneymay not be worth it. Researchers in the Netherlands prescribed helmets to 42 infants while allowing 42 more to reshape naturally. After two years their heads were evaluated. The improvements noted among the two groups weren’t significantly different.
Read more at CBS NEW YORK.