Study: Helmets Designed To Prevent Baby Flat Head May Not Be Worth It


baby-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.

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  1. I think babies can sleep on their stomachs. It’s been done for thousands of years.. If a baby is going to have sids, he’ll get it anyway, even sleeping on his back.

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  3. The study only looked at babies with MILD flattening. The study also concluded that if the baby has Torticollis (wry neck),a remolding helmet would be beneficial and necessary.

  4. BS”D
    Discussion with Moishela (with his family)
    A Handicapped child
    24 Adar 2 5774 (March 25,’14)

    “Achdus Is To Be One With Hashem”

    I want to tell you something very important. I want to tell you that the only way that we are going to survive this terrible time before Moshiach brings us to the Geula Sheleimah is by having Achdus, and Achdus is to be one with Hashem. Those so-called Jews that do not want to be one with Hashem cannot have Achdus with Jews that have chosen to have Achdus with Hashem, His truth, and His Torah. The Olam Habah of Moshiach that Hashem has promised us will not be able to accommodate the Apikores the atheist the Erev Rav the Jew-hating gentile, the Amalak, the Helininst etc. Therefore I beg all true Jews to band together and separate ourselves from the evil ones. We must stop mixing with them because their distorted Judiasim could rub off on us and our very spiritual and physical existence can be endangered. We can be polite to them, but they are not part of the truth. We can’t mingle with them because it makes us become like them. It rubs off and therefore this is not what Achdus is.

    Achdus is to be one with Hashem. That means Am Yisroel must be one with Hashem. On Har Sinai when Hashem lifted the mountain over our heads and we said Na’aseh Venishma, that was Achdus. Only that Achdus will save us. Therefore I don’t know how many Yidden will be left to greet Moshiach. However those that will be left will be those that stood at Har Sinai, and said Na’aseh Venishma, and that is the true Achdus, and we will do the same thing. We won’t be standing at Har Sinai, but we will be standing together and we will say again Na’aseh Venishma. We will say Shema Yisroel and we will be one, one nation together with the one and only G-d, the Hakol Yachol, the Ribbono Shel Olam and then we will be ready to become true and eternal Bnei Chorin.

  5. My baby had torticollis and need the helmet. Her features were getting distorted from her head shape. The helmet did its job in just 2 1/2 monthes and haven’t had a problem since.

  6. As a pediatric physical therapist and author, I have helped over 10,000 babies recover from flat head syndrome. When babies come to us in the first few months of life, we have a 100% success rate of avoiding helmet therapy and surgery.

    One thing I think you’ll find interesting is the head innately wants to be round. When we remove pressure on the skull from an uneven neck or babies spending too much time on their back, the head begins to return to its normal, round shape.

    We see more and more parents finding a flat spot emerging in our clinic every day. In many cases, head flattening and tight, uneven neck muscles (torticollis) are linked. When babies have uneven neck muscles, their tilted/turned neck creates uneven pressure on the back of the head. Over time, this leads to flattening.

    We start with addressing the neck first to restore full range of motion. Then, tools to address head shape can be effective.

    I’ve compiled my advice into a new book on preventing flat head, available on Amazon for Kindle.

    If you’d like to learn more about what you can do for your baby, you can visit for exercises and guidance.