Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Oscar's wonky head

Poor Oscar has a wonky head. He's seeing an osteopath for it and apparently it's not too bad. We've been given an exercise to do to help straighten him out - basically holding his head against you in the direction it doesn't want to go. His neck is a bit compressed, not helped by Caitlin being on top of him when they were still in my tummy - he was head down, ready to be the first to come out - so the treatment aims to help lengthen it.

Reading up on wonky head syndrome (officially called plagiocephaly), apparently it's been on the increase ever since the 'back to sleep' campaign to encourage parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs. This has significantly reduced the number of cot deaths, and if a wonky head - in most cases purely an aesthetic thing - is the price to pay then so be it.

Worst case, it can lead to brain development problems... but I'm not going to worry about that just yet.

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