Experts say babies need more than “tummy time” to prevent developing “flat spots” on their heads.

Paediatric physiotherapist Liz Williams told 9NEWS she’s noticed an increasing number of babies with the condition known as plagiocephaly, which causes “flat spots”, or uneven head shapes.

1,300 babies are treated each year for a condition called ‘flat head’.

“They not only get flat at the back, they bulge at the front and their ears can move and their eyes can move and it’s quite alarming for parents,” Ms Williams said.

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Researchers have said parents now need to incorporate “face time”, and that it’s never too early to start.

In conjunction with the University of Melbourne, the Royal Children’s Hospital is endorsing a new Facetime Plus Tummy Time fact sheet to distribute to new parents.

What can you do?
• Support newborn babies in the curled up position
• Choose your time for playing:
– when baby is looking at you
– after nappy change
– in the bath
• Tummy time can be when they are lying on you
• Face time can be in your arms
• Both face time and tummy time can be on the floor
• Look at their eyes (eye contact):
– imitate baby making mouth shapes
– get them to follow your eyes and turn their head themselves.

Full details here

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  • Wow tummy time is vital for babies. I never knew about flat head problems.


  • Tummy time just makes sense.


  • I had not heard of this flat head condition. Thankfully my sons did not get it. I realise I always did eye contact and talking to them too They both liked to lay on their tummies and aise there heads, liiked like little turtles, I would laugh and they would too. I have few younger friends and will pass this message too, you share the best advice and education so thank you


  • Tummy time wasnt spoken about much when i had my children ( years ago) but it was something we just did . It’s important and fun to watch them develop !

    • It just makes sense for sure to have tummy time! :)


  • One of my kids had a flat head this when I realised that tummy time is important so we started doing tummy time ftom2 months onwards and the condition improved


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