Up to what age can plagiocephaly be corrected?

Surely the question about up to what age plagiocephaly can be corrected is one of the most frequently asked questions about cranial malformations in babies .

As a general rule, small cranial asymmetries are perfectly natural.

However, when this asymmetry occurs at higher levels and the asymmetry is severe, it is when we can already speak of plagiocephaly and treat it accordingly.

As we always say, in case of any small doubt or suspicion that our baby has an unusual head shape, going to the doctor is essential.

We, specialist doctors, have a series of parameters and measurements that allow us to determine whether or not there is any deformation that should be treated.

Plagiocephaly appears as a consequence of the fragility and malleability of the skull of babies.

degrees of plagiocephaly

It can be caused by a number of factors related to positioning: a long period of time in the incubator, sleeping in the same position for hours, the process during birth, or the position in the womb.

Read more about causes of plagiocephaly .

If it is a baby of about 3 or 4 months of age and the asymmetry is slight, it can be treated simply by finding an alternative position at bedtime and turning our little one.

Up to what age can plagiocephaly be treated?

It is estimated that treatment for plagiocephaly is effective between 4 and 18 months and its duration can fluctuate between 5 and 6 months, depending on each case and each specific child.

However, the growth of the skull is greatly reduced after 18 months of age , which makes it difficult to correct the deformity and the effectiveness of the treatment.

So, let’s remember again how we can prevent positional plagiocephaly

positional prevention

Turn the child while he is awake and place him face down for short periods of time and always under our supervision.

When you are sleeping, better on your back but with your head to one side . It will be the task of the parents to change the right-left direction so that it does not remain in the same position for a long time.

Remember that the point is not to leave the little one unattended for a long time so that he does not stay in the same position.

In this way, a trick so that the little one is forced to turn is to change the orientation of the crib , so that the baby has to turn his head to the opposite side when he wants to interact with the parents.

Finally, it is also good to hold him in your arms (although not too much so that he does not get used to it), since this way, the baby will not have his head resting on any support.

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