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¿Cómo deben viajar en coche los niños con plagiocefalia?


Plagiocephaly is a condition which causes a flattened or asymmetrical area to develop on the child's head. The most common type is Positional Plagiocephaly, which occurs when the the head flattens due to external pressure. It is not usually serious and is reversible, although it is very concerning for parents.

Plagiocephaly occurs due to the fact that the skull of a newborn baby is soft and malleable because the different bones of the skull have not yet fused together. Therefore, if the baby rests in a specific position for a long period of time, there is a risk that this area of the baby's head can become flattened. Oddly, cases of plagiocephaly have increased significantly since information on postural recommendations for when the baby is sleeping which minimize sudden infant death syndrome have become widespread.

Plagiocephaly also occurs during pregnancy, above all when the fetus is positioned in such a way that its head is pressured, or if the baby is in breach, or during multiple pregnancies.

Lastly, some cases of plagiocephaly require surgery. It is caused by a congenital defect that means that one or more of the skull's joints fuse too early on, meaning the baby can suffer from a severe deformity. This type of plagiocephaly is known as craneosynostosis.

The majority of cases correct themselves over time, but if the deformity or the case is very severe, the child may need to use a specially measured band or helmet during the day, for up to 23 hours. With this cranial molding helmet the deformity will be corrected. The treatment can last between two and six months, although in the end it very much depends on the baby's age and the severity of the problem.

When traveling by car with children with plagiocephaly we need to take some basic precautions in terms of their posture. In the least serious cases, it is enough to ensure that their head is not resting on the flattened area if they fall asleep during the trip. We can use a cushion appropriate for the child's age so that their head rests on another part, and we should follow the recommendations provided

In case a cranial molding band or helmet is needed, and despite the fact that these bands are fairly lightweight, the child's head will take up more space and it can be dangerous in the event of a crash if preventive measures are not taken.

In order to travel by car, we should choose a child seat that maximizes the child's comfort by providing him or her with enough space for their head with the helmet on. It all depends on the child's age, of course, but given that in the majority of cases it can be corrected at an early age, the position of the seat will be rear-facing as established by law. It is always important to choose a rear-facing child seat for as long as is possible. 

As always, we recommend that a specialist establishes the special conditions under which a child with plagiocephaly should travel, given that each case is unique. 

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