Plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly is a cranial deformity consisting of a flattening of the back of the head, usually on the right side and more frequent in boys than in girls, that it can be accompanied by a displacement of the same side of the head forward. This deformity is also known as flat head syndrome.

The forehead on the flattened side may be more domed, the eye on the same side may be more open, and the ear may be more forward compared to the other side.

In the most severe cases, the asymmetry of the axes of the head is greater than 20 millimeters.

The following features are characteristic of Plagiocephaly :

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Head shape with plagiocephaly

View from above

  • The head is flattened either on the right or left rear side.
  • ears are not aligned

Head shape with plagiocephaly

Profile view

  • One ear is closer to the shoulder than the other
  • One part of the head is curvier than the other

Head shape with plagiocephaly

Front view

  • One eye is smaller than the other
  • One cheek is smaller than the other
  • The top of the head is not flat
  • Head height is not level
  • The mouth is not symmetrical

Head shape with plagiocephaly

View from below

  • The forehead is tilted
  • The face is tilted and appears deviated
  • The eyes and ears are not aligned
  • One cheek appears larger than the other

Not sure if your baby has plagiocephaly? He may have another cranial deformity.

This guide can help you know if your baby has plagiocephaly .

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Main causes

The majority of infants with plagiocephaly have a common cause, either a CMT or congenital muscular torticollis or habit of sleeping habitually on the same side.

Plagiocephaly is less serious than it may seem at first glance, but if it is not treated properly it can cause serious problems in the future development of the baby.

Learn more at more about the causes of plagiocephaly .

The increase of plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly has gained a lot of media attention in recent years. While the Back to Sleep” The 1990s may have successfully reduced the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), although this resulted in many children being left with misshapen heads.

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Consequences of plagiocephaly

If the causes of plagiocephaly If not treated properly, this cranial deformity can cause asymmetries of the face (basically a midline obliquity) in the course of the first years and if the orthopedic correction of the deformity is not done before the first six months of life can persist into adult life.

Retrospective and prospective scientific studies indicate that plagiocephaly causes functional problems in 40% of those affected and speech learning problems at 3 years of age in 25% of those affected. We invite you to read the section detailing the consequences of untreated cranial deformities.

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Incidence of plagiocephaly

According to Aliyah Mawji, RN, of the Canadian Pediatric Society, in her article “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. “

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

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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.

Learn more at more about plagiocephaly treatment .

With the use of the dynamic orthopedic helmet DOC Band® the treatment of plagiocephaly is easy, safe and comfortable for your child.

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Plagiocephaly Treatment Results

These images show the results of treatment for plagiocephaly with the DOC Band®. DOC Band® orthopedic helmet

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Before and after 1 month of treatment - 6 months of age
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Before and after 2.5 months of treatment - 4 months of age
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Before and after 2.5 months of treatment - 4 months of age
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Before and after 2.5 and a half months of treatment - 6 months old
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Before and after 3 months of treatment - 6 months of age

Causes

Discover the main causes of plagiocephaly

Diagnosis

An expert or parents can make the diagnosis

Prevention

How to put the baby to sleep so that he does not have plagiocephaly?