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Do preterm infants always have flattened heads?
  1. N Rutter,
  2. W Hinchliffe,
  3. P H Cartlidge
  1. Department of Neonatal Medicine and Surgery, Nottingham City Hospital.


    It has previously been shown that a soft mattress lessens the degree of head flattening that occurs in preterm infants in the early weeks of life. A follow up study of 31 infants of < 32 weeks' gestation found head flattening had resolved by 3-4 years of age, regardless of the type of mattress used in the neonatal period, and the children had heads similar in shape to full term controls.

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