Frequent changes in your child’s position are recommended. Examples are listed below
to help improve your child’s neck mobility to prevent or to improve an abnormal head
shape. If your child’s head shape fails to improve by 3 to 4 months of age, contact your
Alternate the end of the crib in which you place your baby to sleep.
Alternate the end of the changing table in which you place your child’s head. If
you stand or sit at the end of your baby for diaper changes, position yourself slightly
off to the side and alternate sides to encourage your baby to move his or her head.
Place toys on the side of the stroller, swing, crib, or infant seat where neck
rotation is most limited.
Alternate the hip or arm with which you carry your baby. You may notice some
fussing and irritability at first because your baby will have to turn in the direction of
the neck restriction, but the fussiness will decrease with time.
Attempt to interact with your child on the side where neck movement is limited.
A cushioned head support may be necessary to support your baby’s neck when he
or she is in the car seat. Infants tend to scrunch up and turn to the side of least
Provide supervised “tummy time” daily while your baby is awake. Initially,
babies often cry and resist this position. Start with just a minute or two of tummy
time and gradually increase it as your baby learns to tolerate it. Tummy time will
help improve your child’s muscle strength and development.