INFANT MOTOR DEVELOPMENT BETWEEN 0-4 MONTHS: A NEW LOOK AT THE EFFECT OF THE `BACK TO SLEEP? PROGRAM

Grant number: 1075087 | Funding period: 2014 - 2018

Completed

Abstract

An unexpected consequence of the Back to Sleep program is an increased incidence of deformational plagiocephaly (DP), or “flat head syndrome”, and concern about delayed development. It is not clear whether the current recommendation to provide ‘tummy-time’ play for infants when awake is the best way to prevent DP. Development of typical infants 0-4 months and infants with DP will be investigated and parents surveyed as a basis for development and trialling of a new DP prevention initiative.

University of Melbourne Researchers