itsdan: The good news: it doesn't matter
The Stealth Hippopotamus: Alive with a flat spot on the noggin is better than in a grave with a perfectly round skull.itsdan: The good news: it doesn't matterwell there is a really good chance that just under half of the babies born will end up without hair on the top of their heads. But see statement number one
AverageAmericanGuy: To those who say this doesn't matter, perhaps you've failed your neurobiology classes and have taken to trolling message boards. The back of the brain contains the occipital lobe which controls vision. In Japan where sleeping face up has been the culture for centuries, people generally have flat-backed head shapes. Coincidentally, the rate of vision problems in Japan, both near-sightedness and far-sightedness is upwards of 85% in the adult population and 60% in the child population. The compression of the occipital lobe due to the upwards-facing sleep position is causing the Japanese to become a society of vision impaired people.So "it doesn't matter" all you like, but be aware that forcing your children to sleep like this will cause irreparable damage to their eyesight.Not to mention give them a funny shaped head.
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