Friday, January 11, 2013

Development and Plagiocephaly

Pediatrics has published research comparing the developmental skills of children at 36 months with and without developmental plagiocephaly.  Over 400 children were studied by pediatricians and were assessed with the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, Third Edition (BSID-III). The results indicated the following:

  • children with developmental plagiocephaly scored lower across all scales including cognition, language, adaptive behavior and motor skills
  • the smallest difference was seen in motor skills when comparing the two groups
The researchers concluded that since preschoolers with developmental plagiocephaly continue to exhibit deficits pediatricians should screen children for developmental plagiocephaly to encourage early intervention.

Reference:    Brent R. Collett, Kristen E. Gray, Jacqueline R. Starr, Carrie L. Heike, Michael L. Cunningham, and Matthew L. Speltz.  Development at Age 36 Months in Children With Deformational Plagiocephaly Pediatrics 2013; 131:1 e109-e115; published ahead of print December 24, 2012, doi:10.1542/peds.2012-1779

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