Study: Almost 50 percent of babies have flat spots on head

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies sleep on their backs to prevent from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

That position brings another concern, though.

However, new research shows more babies are ending up with flat spots on the backs of their heads.

The study shows 47 percent of babies who were studied had flat spots on their head.

An infant’s skull is soft and is growing constantly.

The pressure of laying on the head can flatten it.

To prevent flat spots, limit a babies time in a car seat or swing.

Also, make sure they get plenty of time on their stomachs.

Once they’re asleep on their back, gently turn their head to the side.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42


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