CBS - Container baby syndrome

Containers baby syndrome (CBS) is a collection of movement, behavior and other problems caused by a baby or infant spending too much time in a "container" that is common and used in the child's everyday life and which resembles a container, for example. car seat, stroller, bumbo chair, vibrating chairs, babysitter, baby rocker, breastfeeding pillows, sleeping bags, stand support, walking chairs, play mats. There are also studies showing that increased use of DVDs, screens in the baby stage shows a tendency to increase "mild developmental delays". Children's gadgets often have the purpose of preventing accidents, facilitating transport of the child and creating playability and well-being for the child. They make parents think that it creates security, simplicity and a happy child - there is a lack of understanding that the frustration children can show is the very driving force and the signal to learn - parents need information about this and have high expectations for the children and stimulate, encourage the child to ACTIVITY and to develop in the prone position.

“Sitting” is really lying down

“Sitting” is really lying down

Bumbo seats create a week spine

Bumbo seats create a week spine


Consequences of CBS

- Allows little or no activity in the body - neck spine and extremities

- Plagiocepahly, facial asymmetry, postural torticollis

- Weakened motor skills, strength and coordination development

- Language, vision, hearing and cognitive difficulties

- Attention disorder and hyperactivity (ADHD)

- Increased weight / obesity

- Influence on brain structure and function

- Disgruntled children Diagnosis of CBS - skull asymmetries and difficulties turning the head in one direction - immediate contact with the physiotherapist

- Delayed motor development

- Vision and hearing problems

- Delayed cognitive development

Physiotherapy treatment

- Positioning shell asymmetry and facial asymmetry

- Muscle / strength development

- Movement of the head and the whole body, extremities

- Exercise in abdominal position

- Movement between positions, roll, crawl, sit down

- Eye movements, eye motor skills

- Parental education

- Starting before 3 months of age, can also improve muscle strength and gaze later

Prevention of CBS

- Limit time in "container" - to only the time the child is moved in a car seat or carriage

- Increase time in stomach mode - start day 1, at least 3 hours / day

- Carry the baby in your arms during periods during the day instead of placing the baby in gadgets

- Let your child play freely in the playpen

- Let the child play freely and often on the floor of a blanket

To read more about Container baby syndrome and get scientific references, you can follow the link to the American Physical Therapy Association's website