This question has gotten even more controversial.
Positional plagiocephaly affects approximately 1/2 infants and is the most common reason for referral to craniofacial centers. This reflects an astounding increase in the incidence of the condition- namely due to public health campaigns that encouraged parents to position their babies on their backs to prevent SIDS.
The implications of infant skull deformities are unclear, but parents are concerned about the potential negative outcomes and motivated to participate in treatment. This has sparked interest in evaluating the current standard of care- the cranial remolding helmet.
According to researchers from the Netherlands, there were negligible treatment effects in the first randomized evaluation. This means that out of two groups of babies with plagiocephaly, the ones who were treated with helmets saw no real improvements over the ones who were helmet free.
To read the study, click here.
If the treatment is possibly ineffective, prevention has become more important!