Tortle Offers a Simple Way to Prevent Flat Head Syndrome

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 by 1 Comment
Tortle Offers a Simple Way to Prevent Flat Head Syndrome

Did you know that more than a million babies in the United States are diagnosed with Flat Head Syndrome each year?

This number includes almost half of all babies under six months of age because of the recommendation that babies now sleep on their backs and the prevalence of babies spending long periods of time in carriers, car seats, or swings.

Many moms make the mistake of thinking that Flat Head Syndrome, sometimes called positional plagiocephaly or torticollis, is a cosmetic problem.

Cognitive and motor delays or sight and hearing problems can also be associated with this condition.

One study found that an alarming 39% of children with persistent deformational plagiocephaly received special education services when they entered elementary school, compared to 7.7% of their siblings without the condition.

Dr. Jane Scott invented the Tortle to help parents prevent Flat Head Syndrome in their babies. The Tortle is an FDA-cleared patented Class 1 medical device that promotes proper head and neck movement.

The Tortle looks like a knit beanie with extra support around the baby’s head. It is available in several different patterns for both boys and girls. (There are optional flowered crochet headbands for baby girls that are really cute!)

The recommended retail price for the Tortle is $19.99, which is a bargain compared to the cost of the treatment needed to correct Flat Head Syndrome.

“As a pediatrician and neonatologist, and mother of four babies all born prematurely, I’ve experienced first-hand the joy of parenting as well as the difficulties associated with infants with medical conditions,” Dr. Scott said. “In the case of plagiocephaly, Tortle is an easy and affordable way to help prevent a completely avoidable problem.”

Photo credit: Tortle

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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at

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    I had no idea flat-head syndrome was anything other than a cosmetic problem.  That has to be one of the cutest “giftworthy” medical devices I have ever seen.