Reduction of head flattening in preterm infants

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1980 Aug;22(4):507-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1980.tb04356.x.


Twins born after 30 weeks gestation were studied. One twin was reared with a water pillow for head support for 36 days and retained a more rounded head shape, comparable to the normal configuration at birth. The other twin had standard neonatal care and developed the scaphocephalic head typical of most ex-preterm infants. It is suggested that water pillows constitute a simple method of reducing skull deformation in preterm infants.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Beds
  • Cephalometry
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature*
  • Pregnancy
  • Skull / growth & development*
  • Twins, Dizygotic