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Flat head syndrome: an information campaign


Faced with the increase of the flat head syndrome in infants, the HAS (High Health Authority) announced the next implementation of an information campaign for parents and health professionals.

  • Plagiocephaly or flat head syndrome affects about 20% of babies. This flattening of only one part or of the whole head is caused by a support on the back too frequent, notably in the bed. It has been increasing since the recommendation to lay babies on their backs to prevent sudden infant death.

Plagiocephaly: a question of "public health"

  • The High Health Authority has been seized by Le Lien, an association of patients, which considers that it is a public health problem. Already, on the occasion of the World Day Against Cranial Deformities in April 2017, Dr. Thierry Mark, a pediatrician in Paris, told Le Parisien newspaper that this problem was not just an aesthetic problem: "The skull of a newborn is very malleable, a single installation on the back will put pressure, distort it, change the balance.There are children with vertebral problems, scoliosis, deformities of the jaw ". On the other hand, there is no repercussion on the neurocognitive evolution of the child, the brain develops normally.

Documents available in 2018

  • On 28 July 2017, the High Health Authority announced the forthcoming development of two documents on the prevention of infant plagiocephaly risks, one for the general public and one for health professionals. These documents should be available during the year 2018. No question of questioning the benefits of sleeping on the back that since 1994 has reduced the number of sudden infant deaths by choking.
  • To prevent flattening of the head, there are simple gestures like gently turning the head of the other side during his sleep if one realizes that he gets used to put himself too often the head of the same side.

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