A treatment for positional plagiocephaly, or flat head syndrome, in babies could be close at hand following the launch of a new mattress aimed at treating the condition.
Flat head syndrome is a condition most commonly found in infants and is characterised by a flat area developing on their heads as a result of staying in the same position for too long. It has been reported that up to 48% of babies are affected by the condition to some extent before they reach the age of one.
The SleepCurve mattress has been developed by the Alder Hey NHS Children’s Foundation Hospital. It has been shown to have had successful results in treating the condition following a study into the effectiveness of the mattress.
A study carried out by the Craniofacial Unit at Alder Hey involving 40 babies with flat head syndrome found that the mattress improved the condition in all but one of the babies.
Paediatric cranial osteopath Philip Owen said: “The SleepCurve mattress has been designed with babies in mind, striving to provide the most comfort and support, just as any parent does when holding their baby in the crook of their arm.”