Plagiocephaly in newborns has been an increasingly common problem since 1992, when it was officially suggested that babies should sleep on their backs to combat SIDS. Fortunately, several remedies have also been researched since then, one of which is the plagiocephaly pillow.
But what exactly is the problem? Why do some babies’ skulls flatten on one side? And most importantly, how do you fix it? It’s easier than you think, thanks to the Koala Perfect Head cushions and the latest addition: the nursing cushion.
Plagiocephaly, when the small head flattens.
If you have had a baby recently, you know very well that the skull is cartilaginous and soft, and remains so for some time after birth. This means that if constant and repeated pressure is applied to the same area of the head repeatedly, a flattening of the head develops.
In short, does your newborn baby always sleep on his back or perhaps on his side? It is very likely that his or her skull has this specific type of deformity called positional plagiocephaly.
The “position” factor is not the only one capable of causing plagiocephaly in newborns, but it is certainly one of the most frequent, especially in the first three months of life. But don’t worry: all you need to do is intervene in time and the problem can be solved with peace of mind.
Plagiocephaly: the most effective remedies
One of the remedies for plagiocephaly is prevention. With a few precautions, you can ensure that your child supports different points of the head when sleeping, but also when awake and interacting with the world. In this way, the conditions that lead to flattening of the skull do not occur, and plagiocephaly is resolved before it even occurs.
If, on the other hand, your baby was born with a slightly deformed head or developed this problem in the first few weeks of life, you can still intervene effectively thanks to the advice of Dr. Maria Antonietta Bonanno or to the simplest and safest method available: the use of plagiocephaly cushions
A plagiocephalic cushion for every occasion
You may know that it is better not to use cushions for newborns, to reduce the risk of suffocation in the bed. In reality, this is only partial information: there are now perforated memory foam cushions that can be used immediately and are very useful in preventing and treating the problem of plagiocephaly.
Our Koala Perfect Heads have been designed with this in mind, and we are pleased to announce a new addition to the family: the Koala Perfect Head nursing pillow!
But let’s go in order: what’s so special about these cushions?
- They are made of the highest quality German BASF memory foam.
- Each cushion comes with two washable, soft and breathable cotton cushion covers.
- Their design has been CE marked as a Class I medical device for the prevention and treatment of positional plagiocephaly.
- They have been created to meet the needs of parents, overcoming the limitations of other plagiocephaly cushions on the market.
- They are designed to accommodate the baby’s small head and allow the baby to sleep safely, avoiding problems caused by changes in position during sleep.
In addition to this, which is the quality standard that we have studied for all our cushions, we have thought of differentiating them according to their specific characteristics. Because sleeping in different situations has different needs!
Koala Perfect Head
Small and compact, Koala Perfect Head has been designed to be inserted into the pram, car seat or baby carrier. It is perfect for newborns up to 12 months, for all those moments when they are snuggled up in a supine position in a carrier. For the first 6 months, however, always use it under your supervision.
The deep hole inside the cushion best contains the baby’s head, distributing pressure evenly and preventing the back of the head from flattening.
Koala Perfect Head Maxi
This plagiocephaly pillow is the “big brother” of the little Koala Perfect Head and, unlike the latter, it does not have a central hole but a softer recess. Its large size (it’s 50 cm wide!) makes it ideal for prolonged sleep, in co-sleeping cots or traditional cots. he big bed with mum and dad.
Even if the child should move while sleeping, there is no danger: Koala Perfect Head Maxi, like our other cushions, guarantees optimal distribution of cranial pressure even outside the central concha. Its size and structure make it suitable for children up to 3 years of age.
Always remember that for maximum safety in the first 6 months we recommend adult supervision.
Koala Perfect Head Breastfeeding
Koala Babycare’s latest innovation is an innovative newborn pillow for use during breastfeeding: Koala Perfect Head Breastfeeding, tiny and portable. We’ve always said that the effectiveness of our cushions is maximised by using them together, but we thought there was still something missing. So we thought of those mothers who are worried about plagiocephaly getting worse due to the fact that during breastfeeding the little head is always resting against the hard surface of the arm. Now, with Koala Perfect Head Breastfeeding, the trifecta is complete: even while you are breastfeeding your newborn, you can do so with your plagiocephaly ally.
Simply insert your arm into this ultra-compact, thin and flexible but extremely effective support. Place your baby’s head in the central hole and then breastfeed as normal – you’ll both enjoy a serene and comfortable experience while the cushion does its job.
We know that as a new mum you will often be rocking your baby to sleep or soothing him when he cries, and we also know that you will probably always hold him on the side that feels strongest and most comfortable. Koala Perfect Head Breastfeeding is by your side (or rather, on your arm!) even in these intimate moments, and ensures that you don’t have to worry about any consequences for his still soft little head.
Over the years we have listened to the needs of mums and dads and turned them into concrete answers: this is how our three plagiocephaly cushions were born, which you can really use on all occasions. Their effectiveness, if used in parallel in different situations, is reinforced and allows you to say goodbye to the problem of plagiocephaly.