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China’s new fad is parents putting helmets on babies to mold their heads round
Published on: 2021-11-03
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China's latest craze involves parents shelling out for helmets that they believe can help mold their babies' heads into ideal, rounded shapes.
 

A report said the trend of putting corrective molds on babies' heads started this October, with parents flocking to stores to buy helmets for their children. These helmets resemble bowling balls and are supposedly catered to babies whose heads are flatter in the back. They involve the mold being strapped onto a child's head for extended hours, with the belief that this can help shape their soft, still-developing skulls into a more aesthetically pleasing, rounded shape, per the country's beauty standards.
 

The desire to have a round head has spread to social-media users on Weibo, the country's version of Twitter, who have started sharing tips and tricks on how to "say goodbye to a flat head," referencing methods to style one's hair differently to create the appearance of a perfectly round head.
 

A Weibo trending topic called "How flat can one's head get" has spawned some 32,000 comment threads discussing how to "correct" or conceal one's head shape. Some Weibo users even referenced the K-pop star Jeon Jungkook of BTS fame, remarking on his coveted round head shape. Others discussed how to make their children's heads rounder, and they shared progress photos of various head-shape-correcting methods.
 

想让孩子拥有更好的头型……
一套矫正型“头盔”竟卖到2.8万元

以前,为了让孩子拥有更好的头型,老一辈让婴儿睡米枕、绿豆枕;如今,家长为了让孩子拥有好看的头型,竟让小宝宝们睡定型枕,甚至戴上定型的“头盔”……网友不禁发问:“给小婴儿戴矫正头型‘头盔’,算不算父母的容貌焦虑转移到了婴儿身上?”
 

套头型矫正“头盔”重量约200克,矫正价格为2.8万元,每天需佩戴23小时。尽管价格如此高昂,但有使用者表示效果一般,甚至有媒体报道发生了不良反应的情况。
 

对此,儿科医生认为,不管是孩子睡扁头还是戴“头盔”,刻意改变都会影响孩子骨骼的正常发育。心理学专家则指出,如果确实是因为孩子头型不符合主流审美才去戴矫形“头盔”,那就属于容貌焦虑,“大人对美的偏执,结果将由孩子承担。”

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