Monday, 15 September 2008

Monday 15th September 2008

Today we are supposed to be going to Tanya's for our weekly get together. However, as everyone is bunged up with colds at the moment and Poppy has to have her second lot of injections, we have decided to stay away.

I have phoned the Nurse and changed our appointment from Thursday to tomorrow morning, then we are going round to see Tanya and Connor to catch up!

So, we had a lazy morning and lunch.

We then had to go into Fareham to see my Chiropractor Max. We have noticed Poppy has a flat head at the back and to the left. If it is left untreated, it can cause all sort of problems for poppy, and she is also more prone to it because she is a premature baby.

It could be a sign of . Also known as flattened head syndrome, this can occur when a baby sleeps in the same position repeatedly or because of problems with the neck muscles. Fortunately, positional plagiocephaly usually is easy to treat, and with appropriate intervention will correct itself by the time a child is 1 year old.

About Positional Plagiocephaly

Positional plagiocephaly is a disorder in which the back or one side of an infant's head is flattened, often with little hair growing in that area. It's most often the result of babies spending a lot of time lying on their backs or often being in a position where the head is resting against a flat surface (such as in cribs, strollers, swings, and playpens).

Because infants' heads are soft to allow for the incredible brain growth that occurs in the first year of life, they're susceptible to being "molded" into a flat shape.

The number of positional plagiocephaly cases increased sixfold from 1992 to 1994, occurring in approximately 33 out of every 10,000 births. This dramatic increase started when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) began its "Back to Sleep" campaign, which continues to recommend that babies sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Since the AAP's campaign, the incidence of SIDS in the United States has decreased by almost 40% while the incidence of flattened head syndrome has risen. Still, the prevention of SIDS is worth the increased risk of a flattened head, especially because positional plagiocephaly will often correct itself with appropriate intervention.

We have to go back next Monday to see Max to discuss treatment etc.

Wow ark at me! I have gone all educational on you!!! Oh I have to balance it up with something stupid!!!!

Cant think of anything at the moment, so here is a cute picture of Poppy sleeping


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