Chrissy Teigen has been commended for sharing a picture of her son Miles wearing a head shaping helmet.
On Twitter Teigen wrote her “baby bug” was fitted for a helmet to fix his “adorable slightly misshapen head”.
“If you see pictures, don’t feel bad for him because he’s just fixing his flat and honestly he’s probably gonna be even cuter with it somehow.”
And she was right.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 3, 2018
The helmets are used to treat plagiocephaly – otherwise known as flat head syndrome.
Associate Professor Alexandra Martiniuk wrote that flat head syndrome “develops in babies because of external pressures on the soft, malleable baby skull” in an article for The Conversation.
She said it is more common now that SIDS safety guidelines recommend babies sleep on their backs.
According to the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, most babies do not need any treatment as it usually improves naturally as they grow and can move their heads on their own.
The hospital states than one in 10 are treated with helmet therapy, which involves wearing a lightweight fitted helmet to reshape the skull.
Parents can prevent plagiocephaly by alternating their babies head position while they sleep (though they must always be placed on their back), lying them on their front when they are awake and during play time and varying their holding and carrying positions.