August 22, 2013: Plagiocephaly is the scientific term for flat head syndrome.
Flat head syndrome in infants has become more common over the past few decades as a side effect of the Back to Sleep campaign, which instructs parents to put babies to sleep on their back in order to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.
In this episode, physical therapist Colleen Coulter, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS, and orthotist Jessica Corso discuss how parents can follow the recommendations of the Back to Sleep campaign while also taking steps to prevent flat spots. They also explain what treatment to expect in instances where plagiocephaly occurs.
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Colleen Coulter, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS, is the team leader for the Limb Deficiency Program, physical therapist in the Cranial Remolding Program, and coordinator of the Physical Therapy Residency Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Dr. Coulter has taught and lectured on topics relating to torticollis, scoliosis, and limb congenital and acquired deficiencies in children. She is also one of the authors of Tummy Time Tools.
Jessica Corso has her associate degree in Specialized Technology in Orthotics and Prosthetics, a bachelor’s degree in Applied Science, and is certified in Orthotics from Northwestern University Prosthetic/Orthotic Center. She completed her Orthotic Residency at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Tampa. She joined Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta over 3 years ago, and is the team leader for the Cranial Program.