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How Much Tummy Time, flat head detection app
How Much Tummy Time
Since the implementation of the “back to sleep” campaign by the American Academy of Pediatrics, giving your baby enough tummy time has become increasingly important. Tummy time strengthens your baby’s neck muscles and helps improve gross motor skills; but did you know that it also helps prevent flat head syndrome?
Flat Head Syndrome
Flat head syndrome (plagiocephaly) is a condition where your baby's head becomes flat. With babies lying on their backs anywhere from 12-15 hours a day, it’s no wonder the incidence of flat head syndrome is growing and has been found to affect up to 48% of healthy babies in a published cohort study.
Early Detection
Early detection is key. If the deformity is diagnosed late (after 4-6 months of age) or has progressed to a certain severity, your baby may require helmet therapy; if helmet therapy is required, your baby will be required to wear the helmet nearly 24/7 for several months.

But not to worry...

During the first few months of life, your baby’s skull is soft and malleable, therefore if detected early the majority of cases can be corrected with simple maneuvers you can perform at home and potentially avoiding the need for helmet therapy. In cases where helmets are unavoidable, earlier detection and referral will give your baby a larger window for correction likely leading to better results.

So how do you know if your child is getting enough tummy time? How can you be certain your baby’s head shape is developing normally? How can you make sure that your child is not developing flat head syndrome? And if so, what can you do about it?

Our parenting app, Little Angel Medical (LAM), will allow you to regularly monitor your baby for flat head syndrome. Backed by published clinical algorithms and developed by board-certified physicians, LAM will allow for more frequent monitoring, leading to earlier diagnosis and earlier treatment for your baby, potentially eliminating the need for helmet therapy. In cases where everything is developing normally, LAM will provide you with the reassurance you need in an already stressful time of raising a newborn.

If mild flat head syndrome is developing, LAM will not only be able to diagnose the degree of severity but will provide specific maneuvers for your baby than you can perform at home to correct the condition. Regular use of LAM will track the head shape over time indicating whether there has been an improvement but will also be able to determine if it is advisable to seek medical attention.

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Little Angel Medical app helps prevent flat head syndrome.