Good media exposure but poor advice by the Pediatrician!

So there was a recent episode on Jane the Virgin (episode 206, chapter 28) that highlighted plagiocephaly (Thanks Jessica for sharing!) They correctly demonstrated a common cause that new mothers are not aware of. The acting pediatrician also recommended corrective helmet therapy to improve the flattened head shape.

However!!!

There was NO SUGGESTION given to the parents about preventative and corrective pediatric physical  therapy!

How are the new parents supposed to know how to prevent the flat spot from re-occurring? Or to prevent a new one from forming once the helmet is removed?

How are the new parents supposed to know how to attain age appropriate head control and muscle endurance in the tummy time position?

How are they to know all the different ways to do tummy time and for how long, in order to reach their goals for their infant?

How are they to know if there are assosicated developmental delays and how to improve them?

A recent article shared with me by Dr John Graham Jr. of Cedar Sinai indicates a strong correlation between infants that develop positional plagiocephaly and onset of gross motor developmental delay.

The article urges all pediatricians to let parents know of the benefits of preventative intervention, which parents can easily learn from a licensed pediatric physical therapist.

I am happy to see we are stepping in the right direction but it is clear that there is still a huge lack of awareness about the topics of plagiocephaly, torticollis and motor delays in infants.

In the meantime, here is the video clip!

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November 21, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , . Media Spotlights. Leave a comment.

PT Solutions Has 100% Success Rate w/ Early Intervention for Infants With Flat-Head Syndrome

Check out our CBS 2 Feature on Dr. Yvette Flores, PT, DPT, aired on 4/30/13

May 1, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Early Head Start, Events, FYI's for New Parents, Welcome New Parents!. Leave a comment.

I am #9418 who signed the Positional Plagiocephaly Petition

Ever since the Back to Sleep Campaign and the recent fear-induced note from the FDA about sleep positioners, specialists such as myself have been concerned about our efforts to provide needed education and awareness to new parents. I came across a fabulous effort on behalf of the moderators of the yahoo group: Positional Plagocephaly. They are having parents sign a petition to create much needed awareness by the American Academy and American Board of Pediatrics. I agree with this petition and have signed it myself!

I have posted the petition below for your review as well as the link, should you decide to add your voice to this cause.

Sincerely,
Dr. Yvette Flores, PT, DPT
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To: American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Infant Positioning and SIDS, and The American Board of Pediatrics

John Kattwinkel, MD, Chairperson
John G. Brooks, MD
Maurice E. Keenan, MD
Michael Malloy, MD

And

To: The American Board of Pediatrics,

Prior to the 1992 Implementation of the Back to Sleep Campaign, it was estimated that 1 in 300 babies had varying degrees of cranial asymmetry {abnormal head shape}. As of today, it is estimated that 1 in 60 babies have a cephalic disorder, known as Positional Plagiocephaly. The numbers are increasing in epidemic proportions globally. We respect the American Academy of Pediatrics commitment towards the quality of health for our children. However, we as parents feel the Task Force on Infant Positioning and SIDS has not fulfilled its duties with educating the public or the medical establishment on the complexities of this campaign.

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ stand has been a supine sleeping position to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The AAP has only recently released a statement of the importance of “tummy time.” The recommendations in this statement do not indicate an effective course of treatment – or serve as standard medical care – for Deformational or Positional Plagiocephaly.

Deformational and Positional Plagiocephaly is characterized as follows:

PLAGIOCEPHALY- significant flattening of the right or left skull, typically accompanied by ear misalignment and facial asymmetry

SCAPHOCEPHALY – Long and narrow head shape

BRACHYCEPHALY – shortening of the head due to flatness,increased head height, often accompanied by an under bite.

Suggested Manifestations of Cranial Asymmetry are as follows:

torticollis- Face turns to the right or left with a head tilt
Misaligned ears,
Nose pushed to one side,
Unilateral cheek prominence,
Bossing of the forehead,
One eye appearing larger than the other.

Head shape abnormalities are believed to cause:

Migraines,
Temporomandibular Joint {TMJ} Syndrome,
Eyesight problems, and
Severe Psychological Consequences

We as parents will continue to place our children in a supine sleeping position. We are asking the American Academy of Pediatrics to implement a policy requiring our children’s doctors to carefully evaluate every child at birth for cranial abnormalities, and follow up at every well-baby checkup thereafter. We are asking the American Board of Pediatrics to offer various options for treatment when these abnormalities are present.

The phrase, “It will round out,” is simply not true in most cases. Aggressive repositioning is not always successful. We as parents would like to be given a referral to an educated specialist, in a timely manner. The ideal timeframe for maximum correction is between 3 and 6 months. We as parents do not want babies with perfectly round heads. What we expect is recognition and response to the rise of documented disorders related to the “Back to Sleep” campaign.

Sincerely,

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To sign the petition yourself, go to: http://www.petitiononline.com/0799/petition.html

November 24, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Early Head Start, FYI's for New Parents. Leave a comment.

Welcome to our Torticollis Blog!

We are a physical therapy solutions company who specializes in treating torticollis & associated head flatness as well as educating new parents & pediatricians on prevention, early intervention, and helmet therapy.

I am the host of this site as well as the owner of the company, Physical Therapy Solutions for Infants & Toddlers.  I have been specializing in this condition since 2003 and work closely with many local pediatricians around the West LA, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills areas.  I also work closely with the reknowned head specialist, Dr. John Graham Jr. of Cedar Sinai.

My mission is to help new parents as well as pediatricians identify early signs of torticollis and misshapened head conditions, and initiate early intervention for full correction before it becomes a real challenge.

Over the next few months for the rest of the year, we will post information on our free tele-conference calls, open to the public, as well as our monthly newsletters and articles.  So please check in with us every now and then.

You can always refer to our website for more information:

http://www.torticollistherapy.com

http://www.babytherapysolutions.com

Best,

Yvette Flores, PT, DPT

Owner of Physical Therapy Solutions for Infants & Toddlers

2634 Wilshire Boulevard

Santa Monica CA 90403

800-507-2634

September 28, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Welcome New Parents!. Leave a comment.