Support for Babies Uncomfortable on their Backs

Last week I had a Mum in with her baby who told me about a sleep positioner she had used to help her baby sleep safely on her side, as she was so uncomfortable on her back.

We get lots of babies in the practice with this problem and occasionally recommend sleeping a baby on it’s side, during the day, when they have difficulty or discomfort sleeping on their back. This is usually apparent by a baby fully rotating their head to one side whilst sleeping on their back.

Another issue can be if an infant has tension on one side of their neck and/or flattening on one side of the cranium. This will cause them to continue to sleep on that side, as that is where gravity will pull them. Sleeping them safely supported on their side may help reduce the severity of a positional flat spot. Side sleeping may also be useful in preventing Flat Head Syndrome (Positional Plagiochephaly).

There is much that we as physical therapists can do to help release this tension, including stretches that can be taught for parents to do at home.

If this is something that concerns you about your baby, why not give us a call for a free informal chat, or to book an appointment, we may be able to help.