Does your baby have left positional plagiocephaly? This easy-to-follow exercise shows you how to carry your baby, encouraging exploring their right side.
Helping Your Baby Achieve Better Head Balance: The Importance of Carrying Positions
If you're a parent concerned about your baby's plagiocephaly or brachycephaly, you're not alone. These conditions often manifest in a baby preferring to look one way—usually to the left or right. While it's important to consult healthcare professionals for a comprehensive treatment plan, some simple home exercises can also make a difference. One such exercise revolves around how you carry your baby. Yes, the way you hold your little one can influence their head balance and even help correct these conditions.
Cheek-to-Cheek on Your Left Shoulder
When your baby tends to look to the left, try carrying them against you on your left shoulder, cheek-to-cheek. This position encourages your baby to turn their head to the right, balancing the constant leftward gaze.
Over-the-Shoulder Carrying for Head Balance
Another effective position is carrying your baby over your shoulder. This high position not only gives them a different viewpoint but also supports better head balance, an essential factor in combating plagiocephaly and brachycephaly.
Belly Position at Your Left Elbow
The belly position is a favorite for many babies. To ensure that your baby turns their head to the right, place them on their belly with their head near your left elbow. This encourages the desired head movement while also giving your baby a fresh perspective on the world.
Tub Carrying on Your Right Arm
Especially effective for babies three months or older, the tub carrying method involves holding your baby like a 'tub' on your right arm. At this age, babies are naturally curious and will tend to look around. In this case, looking around means turning their head to the right—exactly what you want to help counterbalance plagiocephaly or brachycephaly.
These are simple yet effective carrying positions to include in your daily routine, aiding in your baby's head balance and overall development. Of course, always consult your healthcare provider for a comprehensive treatment plan. Good luck on your journey to improving your baby's head balance!
Incorporating these simple techniques into your day can make a significant impact. Be patient and consistent, and you're likely to see improvements over time. Good luck!
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