UK Medical Info

Norman Waterhouse
Head of the Craniofacial Unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, former President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and Specialist Tutor in Aesthetic Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons:

There is not enough education on this subject. Many parents are told to ignore the problem and that it will go away on its own, this is not always the case. I believe that better understanding of the condition will help Paediatricians and General Practitioners to advise parents appropriately and offer simple strategies for prevention and improvement. I see many babies in my practice with some degree of flattened skulls. With early recognition, this problem could be reduced by simple measure – such as special pillows designed to support infants’ heads in the first six months of life. This would reduce the need for more complex treatment such as moulding helmets and surgery.

www.norman-waterhouse.com

Dr W John Fysh
FRCP, FRCPCH, Consultant Paediatrician at The Portland Hospital in London, former President of Paediatric Section Royal Society of Medicine:

Positional Plagiocephaly has become very common since the “Back to Sleep” campaign to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It is almost entirely preventable. Paediatricians, Midwives, GPs and Parents need to be educated further to identify those babies at greater risk of developing this condition in the early neonatal period. Some babies’ heads are flattened from labour  which may persevere after delivery. However, babies who have perfectly normal posture and normally shaped skulls can also experience the problem, which does not always resolve completely if not treated. Prevention is therefore by far the best option and Lilla Kuddis Baby Pillows play an important part in preventative care.

Caroline Penn
A leading cranial osteopath, has worked extensively with infants and children for over thirty years. She lectures nationally and internationally, she is a faculty member of the Sutherland Cranial College and she works with the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy:

Parents bring their babies for a variety of problems, from poor sleeping and irritability to poor feeding and colic. We have seen a dramatic increase in the incidence of babies with mis-shapen heads, since the advice to lay babies only on their backs. In my experience it is important to promote a balanced head shape to help proper growth and development of the body systems and I find it alarming that parents’ concerns are often dismissed by healthcare professionals, in spite of clear evidence that abnormal head shape does not always rectify itself.

Flat head syndrome is usually preventable and treatable with the right diagnosis and advice, along with the use of properly designed baby pillows and repositioning methods. In my opinion all infants and small babies should sleep with a soft pillow. I highly recommend Lilla Kuddis Baby Pillows, as they are very useful in the treatment of flat head syndrome and are affordable and practical.

Caroline Penn in Hatfield can be contacted on caroline@pennclinic.co.uk – www.pennclinic.co.uk

Edward C. Buckwald
B.Sc. (Hons), Ost. The Abbots Langley Clinic, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire

Edward has treated over 1500 babies and infants with cranial osteopathy at  his clinic in Hertfordshire. He recommends the use of the Lilla Kuddis Baby Pillow  to help with the increasing number of babies who are developing varying  degrees of flat head syndrome:

Parents are delighted with the results the pillow has given and always remark on how content their babies are after using it

Simone Ross, Osteopath
Kane and Ross Clinics, Central London W1 and SW1. Also available at the Portland Hospital.

We have been treating babies with osteopathy for flat head syndrome for the last 15 years since The Back to Sleep Campaign 1994. Whilst this reduces the amount of cot deaths, we have seen a huge increase in flat head shapes of babies that come into the practice. Flat heads are usually caused either in-utero, during the delivery or from a restricted joint or muscular movement in the cervical spine. When babies used to lie on their tummies they were able to stretch out the restrictions in their necks. If a baby has a joint or muscular restriction and lies on its back it is unable to stretch out restrictions which causes the baby to lie in one position and a flat head develops. This is a completely preventative problem…when babies are awake and with an adult they should be turned regularly from side to side and onto their tummies.  A soft pillow can often prevent this flatness worsening or developing in the first place. This pillow should be placed in the cot as well as the pram and when the baby is on a hard surface such as a changing table or floor. Please educate as many mothers as possible as this is a completely preventative problem. If you notice that your baby sleeps with its head in one position only or that it is not feeding as easily from one breast, start using a pillow immediately and take your baby to see an Osteopath to release any restricted muscles or joints. It is much easier to treat preventatively rather than when the problem develops.

www.kaneandross.co.uk

Simone Ross, Osteopath
Kane and Ross Clinics, Central London W1 and SW1. Also available at the Portland Hospital.

We have been treating babies with osteopathy for flat head syndrome for the last 15 years since The Back to Sleep Campaign 1994. Whilst this reduces the amount of cot deaths, we have seen a huge increase in flat head shapes of babies that come into the practice. Flat heads are usually caused either in-utero, during the delivery or from a restricted joint or muscular movement in the cervical spine. When babies used to lie on their tummies they were able to stretch out the restrictions in their necks. If a baby has a joint or muscular restriction and lies on its back it is unable to stretch out restrictions which causes the baby to lie in one position and a flat head develops. This is a completely preventative problem…when babies are awake and with an adult they should be turned regularly from side to side and onto their tummies.  A soft pillow can often prevent this flatness worsening or developing in the first place. This pillow should be placed in the cot as well as the pram and when the baby is on a hard surface such as a changing table or floor. Please educate as many mothers as possible as this is a completely preventative problem. If you notice that your baby sleeps with its head in one position only or that it is not feeding as easily from one breast, start using a pillow immediately and take your baby to see an Osteopath to release any restricted muscles or joints. It is much easier to treat preventatively rather than when the problem develops.

www.kaneandross.co.uk

Madeleine Lewis
Health Facilitator with over twenty years experience. For over a decade she has worked extensively with babies and children as a Craniosacral Therapist. A qualified practitioner and teacher of complementary therapies, she works independently and for the Adult Education Authorities.

Parents bring their babies to my practice seeking treatment for a variety of ailments, one of the factors I find alarming is the increasing amount of babies who are developing misshapen heads. Also of concern is the apathy of many health professionals who dismiss parents’ anxieties about this subject, erroneously telling them that the abnormal shaping will rectify itself.”
“The real tragedy is that this condition is preventable with the use of specially designed baby pillows and some basic education regarding positioning. To ensure the health and well being of every baby, I believe a pillow is as vital a piece of equipment as a car safety seat. I cannot recommend the Lilla Kuddis pillows and service highly enough.

madeleine.lewis-pearson@ntlworld.com

Tracey Cambridge
Paediatric Osteopath, East Grinstead, West Sussex 

I am a Paediatric Osteopath with a small practice in East Grinstead, West Sussex and my practice is wholly devoted to the treatment of babies and small children.  I see an increasing number of babies with flat heads and I always recommend the Lilla Kuddis Baby Pillow to the parents.   I have observed noticeable improvements in the head shape of babies when the parents have used cranial osteopathy in conjunction with the baby pillows, and sometimes in only a few weeks so I will continue to recommend the Lilla Kuddis Baby Pillows.  Thank you very much for making available this wonderful product for babies.

www.sussex-cranial.co.uk

Sandie Ennis B.A (Hons) B.Ost
Registered Cranial Paediatric Osteopath, London

Amethyst Rose Osteopathy, London SE21  and Crista Galli Osteopaths, London W2

Since “The Back to Sleep Campaign” of the early 1990’s there have been an increasing number of babies with misshapen flat heads also known as positional plagiocephaly. I have observed noticeable improvements in the shape of infants heads when parents have used cranial osteopathic treatment in conjunction with appropriate baby pillows and repositioning advice.  Lilla Kuddis Baby Pillows are my preferred option and I am happy to continue to recommend them, they are easy, very useful and an affordable option which supports osteopathic treatment.

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Norman Waterhouse, John Fysh, Edward C Buckwald, Caroline Penn, Madeleine Lewis, Simone Ross, Tracey Cambridge and Sandie Ennis have no financial interest in any company or product relating to Lilla Kuddis Baby Pillows.