If you notice that your infant is developing flat head syndrome or a plagiocephaly it is always a good idea to consult with your pediatrician. In this way we can rule out the existence of a craniosynostosis. craniosynostosis craniosynostosis, a rare genetic defect that causes the plates of an infant’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 physician may recommend a plagiocephaly helmet and help the baby’s head return 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 baby with mild plagiocephaly?
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 bobs 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 unsupervised during tummy time, even if he is not yet crawling, you must watch closely to make sure he does not tire himself out and hit his face on the floor.
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.
The Tummy time guide (Tummy time guide is an interesting guide that can help you prevent mild, moderate or severe plagiocephaly.
If your baby’s head shape does not respond to these adjustments, your pediatrician may recommend a special helmet for cranial deformities in infants to help your baby’s skull develop more naturally.
Treatment of plagiocephaly
If your baby is between 4 and 18 months old, the best treatment for plagiocephaly is a dynamic head band (cranial orthosis).
The treatment consists of using a custom-made orthopedic helmet to take advantage of the growth of the head and thus correct the deformity.
- the hull exerts a restraint on prominent areas
- so that the head grows through the unrestrained parts free of restraint
The treatment requires a series of regular visits to the specialist, who will make modifications to the helmet, depending on the growth of the skull.
This treatment is possible thanks to the fact that the fontanelles are more or less open during the first 2 years of life fontanelles of the skull are more or less open during the first 2 years of life, enough to be able to remodel the lost shape.
The treatment has an average duration of 4 months. It is advisable to treat plagiocephaly as early as possible.
With more than 35 years of experience, Dr. Pinyot’s medical team Dr. Pinyot’s team has treated more than 4,000 cases of cranial deformities.
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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.
Incidence of plagiocephaly
According to Aliyah Mawji, RN, of the Canadian Paediatric Society, in her paper “The incidence of positional plagiocephaly: a cohort study.” published in the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“The incidence of plagiocephaly in infants aged 7 to 12 weeks has been estimated at 46.6 %. Of the total number of infants with plagiocephaly, 63.2 % were affected on the right side and 78.3 % had a mild form. “
If you are unsure whether your baby has plagiocephaly, this guide may help you to assessing whether your baby has plagiocephaly or other cranial malformation.
What causes infant flat head syndrome?
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 prone to be born with plagiocephaly because of the extra pressure they experience during their journey through the birth canal. Plagiocephaly due to the additional pressure they experience during their journey through the birth canal. The most common causes of the condition include:
- Putting the baby to sleep on their back on a firm mattress, which puts pressure on the back of the head
- The pressure exerted on the skull during childbirth
- Assisted delivery devices such as vacuums or forceps, which can reshape the skull
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