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MORE CHILDREN ARE BEING TREATED FOR FLATTENED HEADS, BUT SHOULD THEY BE? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Plagiocephaly is medicalese for ‘flat head,’ a condition increasingly common as more infants are put to sleep face up to reduce their risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Now a new study shows that more kids are also being treated for the condition than ever before. George Jallo, a neurosurgeon and plagiocephaly expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.

JALLO: I don’t believe that there’s a true increase in the number of plagiocephaly cases that are reported in that article. What we may be seeing is that parents are more cognizant or pediatricians are more aware of the diagnosis of plagiocephaly. Years ago, parents noted it but didn’t make anything of it because it was the mild form. Now the parents are more educated they’re been looking at the Internet, they’re more aware that their child may have plagiocephaly.      :30

Jallo says parents should recognize that a little knowledge can be dangerous, so consulting an expert before treating the condition is important. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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