Plagiocephaly is a cranial deformity consisting of a flattening of the back of the head, usually on the right side and more common in boys than girls, which 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 :

Head shape with plagiocephaly


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

Head shape with plagiocephaly

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

Head shape with plagiocephaly


  • 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


  • 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

If you want to know more about how to identify if your baby has brachycephaly, plagiocephaly, or scaphocephaly, this guide will help you distinguish the main distinguishing features of these cranial deformities.

degrees of plagiocephaly

DOC Band® is a dynamic orthopedic cranial band that was launched internationally in 1986 and has treated more than 100,000 cases of plagiocephaly and other deformities.

Main causes of plagiocephaly.

The common cause of most infants with plagiocephaly is CMD or congenital muscular torticollis or the habit of habitually sleeping 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.

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.

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Retrospective and prospective scientific studies indicate that plagiocephaly causes functional problems in 40% of those affected and speech learning problems at 3 years in 25% of those affected.

How is plagiocephaly treated?

Deciding whether or not to treat it is a decision that parents must make based on these certainties to avoid problems in their baby’s development.

With the use of the DOC BAND dynamic orthopedic band , the treatment of plagiocephaly is easy, safe and comfortable for your child.

Today, almost one in two babies (47%) is affected by some form of pagiocephaly.

Fortunately, it is treatable.

The DOC BAND orthopedic band has allowed the recovery of more than 300,000 babies worldwide.

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Results of plagiocephaly treatment with the DOC Band® orthopedic helmet

Before and After 1 month of treatment - 6 months old
Before and After 2 months of treatment - 7 months old
Before and After 2.5 months of treatment - 4 monts old
Before and after 2 months of treatment - 6 months old
Before and After 3 months of treatment - 6 months old


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