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Study: Corrective baby helmets ‘have no added value’

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A new study suggests corrective helmets are not effective in treating babies with skull deformations.

Pediatricians have long recommended putting newborns to sleep on their backs as a preventive measure against sudden infant death syndrome.

Unfortunately, about one in five infants develop a flattened skull from lying in the same position for long periods of time.

So many doctors recommended costume made corrective helmets to re-shape the baby’s head.

But the new research found those helmets had no more improvement in skull shape than babies who did not wear the helmets.

Experts are now recommending the helmets (which are expensive and bothersome to babies) should no longer be standard treatment for skull deformities.