In 1992 the American Academy of Pediatrics started a program called "Back to sleep" which encouraged parents to keep their infants on their backs while sleeping instead of their front as had been conventional wisdom. This reduced the risk of SIDS by nearly 40% but increased the incidence of positional plagiocephaly by 600%.
The flattening of the head, while alarming, does not typically harm the brain or hinder its development.
Physiotherapy reduces the risk of deformational plagiocephaly in infants who have a preferred head position when lying supine.(Appraisal: Critically Appraised Papers)(Report)
Dec 01, 2008; Summary of: van Vlimmeren LA, van der Graaf Y, Boere-Boonekamp MM, L'Hoir MP, Helders PJM, Engelbert RHH (2008) Effect of...
US Patent Issued on Dec. 18 for "Method for Correcting Deformational Plagiocephaly and Other Cranial Deformations" (Utah Inventor)
Dec 23, 2012; ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 23 -- United States Patent no. 8,332,978, issued on Dec. 18."Method for Correcting Deformational...