Positioning aid to minimize pressure and provide uniform support for the soft cranium of infants.
Mapping of the surface area of contact between a 5 months old baby's head and the Mimos (left) or a standard mattress (right)
There is 400% more surface area of contact in the case of the Mimos baby compared to a standard mattress. Mimos baby effectively reduces pressure on the baby's head.
Mimos also effectively preserves the normal head shape (balloon demonstration). On the orher hand the high pressure on the standard mattress produces flat spot.
To successfully prevent flat head syndrome, prenatal education on skull flattening is crucial
Early education about positional plagiocephaly and proactive preventative measures like tummy time, and change newborn's head positions are critical in reducing the chances of developing flat head syndrome.
Most of the skull flattening manifest in the first 3 months of life when the skull is most malleable AND when the baby spends majority of the time lying on his back. Baby may also develop positional plagiocephaly in the prenatal period due to positioning in the womb, this phenomena is known as molding.
The flattening of the baby skull due to baby's head positioning is known as positional plagiocephaly or deformational plagiocephaly. This is a widespread problem among the young babies nowadays.
Positional plagiocephaly is preventable and treatable
Supervised tummy time can effectively help to prevent positional plagiocephaly and promotes earlier development of motor milestones.
Mimos MD for plagiocephaly is effective in reducing and redistributing pressure.
Preference to look at one direction (positional preference) is the strongest link to flat head syndrome. It is important to prevent young babies from developing preferred head position and encourage them to look at all directions equally.
Baby with positional plagiocephaly has a entirely normal head - it is just the molding that has pushed it out of shape. This means that as soon as the molding ceases, the head can start growing back towards its normal, natural shape.
Although positional plagiocephaly does not affect baby's brain or motor development, its effect on facial and cranial asymmetry has certainly raised great deal of concerns and anxieties among parents.