mild plagiocephaly

If you notice that your baby is developing Flat Head Syndrome or Mild Plagiocephaly, it’s always a good idea to check with your pediatrician. In this way we can rule out the existence of craniosynostosis, a rare genetic defect that causes the plates of a baby’s skull to fuse prematurely.

Your pediatrician will monitor your baby’s growth and development (including the shape of his or her head), assist you, and offer advice on reversing the flattening (called “positioning therapy”). In severe cases, the doctor may recommend a plagiocephaly helmet and help return the baby’s head to a more rounded shape, although this option is only given in special cases. The normal thing is that mild plagiocephaly ends up being fixed with a few tips.

What is the treatment for a flat-headed baby?

Reducing pressure in the skull is the most common treatment for flat head syndrome. It consists of placing a blanket or towel on the floor and putting the baby on his tummy while he is awake for a few minutes, ideally for at least 30 minutes total each day, always under supervision.

As your baby rocks and moves to try to lift his head, he is developing stronger muscles in his neck and shoulders. You’re also giving the back of your head a break from the pressure of lying down, which can prevent or help reverse plagiocephaly.

Never leave your baby unattended during tummy time, even if he’s not crawling yet, watch closely to make sure he doesn’t tire out and hit his face on the ground.

Another treatment if your baby’s head is flatter on one side or the other is to shift from side to side while sleeping. One way is to simply move your head from one end of the crib to the other during periods of rest.

If the shape of your baby’s head does not respond to these adjustments, your pediatrician may recommend a special headgear to help your baby ‘s skull develop more naturally.

In very rare cases, your doctor may discuss surgery as an option to reshape a severely misshapen skull, but don’t worry, these are minor cases.

mild plagiocephaly

What causes flat head syndrome in babies?

Babies’ heads are very malleable, so anything that puts pressure on the skull can cause mild Plagiocephaly. Twins and other multiples and babies who are large for their gestational age are especially likely to be born with plagiocephaly due to the extra pressure they experience during their journey down the birth canal. The most common causes of the condition include:

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The following page can guide you to find out if your baby suffers from plagiocephaly , or some other cranial malformation.

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