21 February 2007

Tummy Time

Last spring we reported on plagiocephaly, a flattening of a baby’s head, which, if left untreated, can have lasting repercussions, including developmental delays, vision impairment and misalignment of facial features. The condition affects about 20 percent of tots born each year and impacts even more babies after spending too much time on their backs. While early treatment and intervention for those born with plagiocephaly is paramount (think the tiny helmets you see on little ones which help to guide proper head growth), keeping it from occurring is of equal importance.

Next Tuesday (Feb 27), Star Cranial Center of Excellence in Dallas will be hosting a Tummy Time workshop, which will teach parents different activities to do with their baby that will help prevent plagiocephaly and benefit his/her physical development, as well as provide ample cuddle time opportunities. The workshop will be led by certified orthotist and registered occupational therapist, Dulcey Lima, who is published and speaks internationally on plagiocephaly and tummy-time techniques. She is the Clinical Education Manager for Orthomerica, the world's largest manufacturer of cranial remolding headbands.

The workshop will be held from 7-8:30pm at the Chase Building, 6300 Harry Hines Blvd., 6th floor, Dallas and is available free of charge to the first 20 adults and their babies up to 6 months old. If you’re interested, pre-register by calling 214/350-8848 or by e-mailing emartinez@starcranialcenter.com.


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