Shocking trend sees parents using helmets to shape babies’ heads

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Shocking trend sees parents using helmets to shape babies’ heads
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A shocking trend sees parents using helmets to shape babies’ heads. Parents are reportedly using “corrective” helmets in China.

Reportedly the disturbing new trend has reached its peak this month in China. Parents are said to be using moulds and corrective helmets along with special pillows to change the shape of their baby’s head. The devices are being used to give round heads. This head shape is said to be more aesthetically pleasing.

One mum in China took to social media to comment on the corrective headgear that her daughter was wearing. The post was later deleted though. The mum said: “I think wearing a head helmet has the same function as wearing braces, which is to correct a body part and make it more beautiful,”

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“I have a flat head, and I know how painful it is for women who are chasing beauty. I don’t want my kid to grow up and regret this part of herself.”

Tencent News reported that the new trend had peaked this month. Parents have been buying baby corrective headgear both online and in physical stores. The devices aim to reshape the back of the head which is naturally flat.

A member of staff from one store told the South China Morning Post: “We have a professional head-shape setting pillow from South Korea,”


“If your baby is three months old, there should be a noticeable change in about 45 days. The older the baby gets, the slower their skull develops.”

Medics though believe that head shapes should be left to form naturally. One paediatrician commented: “It is meaningless to correct a baby’s head shape for beauty purposes. It could just be the parents are reflecting their anxieties onto their kids.”

 



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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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