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