New Parents: Self Help Tips to a healthy round head

Teach Tummy Time

Help your baby ‘accept’ and eventually love tummy time. Supervised tummy time as early as 3 to 4 weeks, using a boppy pillow or small towel roll under the chest is encouraged and an appropriate step toward developing strong healthy balanced muscles, full neck range of motion and a nice round head. Most babies fatigue quickly when first introduced to tummy time, and they let us know by showing discomfort and eventually crying. In the tummy time position, in order for a baby to see their environment, they have to actively lift up their head, using their neck extensor muscles. These muscles, along with other muscles responsible for helping a baby push their body up off the mat and eventually start crawling, are only strengthened when the baby is in the prone position. The more practice you give your baby, several times a day, the stronger these muscles get, and the sooner you will see your baby progress through developmental milestones.Alternate Your Baby’s Head Positions

When putting your baby down to sleep on his/her back, make sure to alternate the position of his/her head on a regular basis, to prevent any flattening on the back of the head. Because a baby’s head is so malleable up until about 12 months of age, any prolonged contact with any surface: crib, car seat or stroller can be enough to eventually cause the point of contact to deform, or flatten.Make Sure Your Baby is Looking AroundWhen holding your baby in an ‘upright’ position (head up), be sure to engage him/her to look as far as he/she can look over both shoulders. This will ensure healthy development of neck range of motion and minimize any favoring which can lead to other complications.

Physical Therapy Solutions
-Developmental delays (muscle weakness or tightness, causing child to be behind with gross motor skills such as sitting, crawling, walking)

-Gross motor delays seen in premature infants and multiple births (twins, triplets)

-Congenital head & neck challenges such as torticollis, plagiocephaly, and brachycephaly

-Soft tissue injuries, joint sprains/ strains or surgical repair as a result of an injury or motor vehicle accident

 -Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in the ankle, knee or hip, making it difficult to develop and maintain normal walking patterns and stair negotiation

Specialized services also include parent education and instruction on home programs of positioning and exercise. Lastly, Physical Therapy Solutions offers community lectures and trainings by phone conferencing or in person, open to parents, caregivers, and the staff of baby centered businesses.

Yvette Flores is the CEO and owner of Physical Therapy Solutions. Yvette is a California-licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy who received her B.S. degree in Physiological Science from UCLA in 1996 and then went on to receive her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2002 from USC, rated the #1 Physical Therapy School in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Yvette has been specializing in infant & toddler care for the past seven years and has been an active community lecturer and educator on various infant/ toddler topics over the past three years. She has written various newsletters and articles and works closely with Pediatric specialists such as Dr. John Graham Jr. of Cedar Sinai.

 is a privately owned physical therapy clinic in Santa Monica California. PT Solutions offers specialized services for children ages birth to three. Specialized services include: Gross Motor Skills evaluation and treatment for Musculoskeletal Challenges such as:

 

 

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November 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Early Head Start, FYI's for New Parents. 2 comments.