orlando pediatrician banner
 
Orlando Pediatrician Twitter Orlando Pediatrician Orlando Pediatrician youtube raising good parents
Home | About Orlando Pediatrician | Child Health | Parenting | Ask A Question | Videos

Gregory Gordon Md logo Newborn

Gregory Gordon Md logo 2 Weeks Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo 2 Months Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo 4 Months Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo6 Months Old

9 Months Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo 12 Months Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo 15 Months Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo18 Months Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo 2 Years Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo 3 Years Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo4 Years Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo5 Years Old

Sleep Positioners and Wedges

I have an 11 week old and she seems to always turn her head to the left side when she sleeps or is in her car seat. Daycare mentioned to me to try and turn her to the other side when she sleeps so that she doesn't develop a flat spot. You can already see a difference on the left side.

Is it ok to use a head positioner or a wedge to prevent her from favoring that side?  Any recommendations would be appreciated.

I do not recommend sleep positioners or wedges. I worry that they could contribute to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). The Consumer Product Safety Commission has link these products with multiple infant deaths. The November 2010 issue “AAP News” (American Academy of Pediatrics) concluded that “Caregivers should stop using positioning products and never put pillows, sleep positioners, comforters or quilts under a baby or in the crib.”

It sounds like your daughter has developed torticollis (a pulled neck muscle). I agree if this is not addressed it could cause her to develop an abnormal head shape called plagiocephaly. Please see my article on plagiocephaly for stretches and other techniques for torticollis.

 

 

Written February 2011 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

gregorygordonmd.com is intended to help parents understand the needs and behaviors of children. The information presented in the site is the opinion of Gregory Gordon, M.D.and does not reflect the opinion of his partners. This website is owned exclusively by Doctors insights LLC. The advice in this site does not apply to all children. Always consult your healthcare provider for your individual needs.

© Copyright 2010 gregorygordonmd.com. All Rights Reserved.