SIDS Prevention and Flat Spots

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Story Updated: Jul 9, 2013

The recommendation worked SIDS has declined dramatically.

But now, something new has cropped up. Babies with flat spots on the back of their heads!

In a new Canadian study, researchers tracked the incidence of this phenomenon...known medically as positional plagiocephaly.

They analyzed data from 440 infants collected during regular well-child visits. All were between 7 and 12 weeks old.

More than 46 percent of the infants had a flat spot on their head! Three-quarters of the cases were considered mild.

The researchers say this high incidence indicates the need for better parental education on how to prevent the condition, especially before the 2-month well baby check-up.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with news from today that can lead to healthy tomorrows.

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