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CHICAGO - Pediatricians told parents today to shift infants' heads each night to avoid flattened skulls when they sleep on their back, the recommended position to avoid crib death.
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement saying there have been increased reports of children with flattened heads, due to advice pediatricians give to put children to sleep on their back. The head condition is preventable and treatable, the group said, and can be addressed by shifting their head nightly to the right or left side when they sleep.