causes of plagiocephaly

The causes of plagiocephaly can be several. In this article we explain it to you. Plagiocephaly is a word that comes from the Greek and means oblique head, a child’s head that is asymmetrical or flattened.

Plagiocephaly is a very common cranial deformity in babies, the skull takes a unique diamond shape. You can also see the eye on the same side more open and the ear more advanced.
An x-ray of the head is sometimes needed to exclude other more serious causes of skull deformity, for example craniosynostosis, which may require surgical treatment.

The problem of Plagiocephaly ranges between 5% and 48% of newborns. One cause may be compressive forces against the soft bones of the baby’s head before birth, such as in twins, or as a result of early descent into the pelvis. During the birth process, excessive forces can also cause skull deformation.

Read on to find out the causes of plagiocephaly.

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The causes of plagiocephaly

  1. The position in the uterus. Sometimes the position in which a baby is lying in the womb can cause plagiocephaly.
  2. Since it is recommended that babies sleep on their backs, cases of sudden death in babies have decreased, but on the other hand, the risks of plagiocephaly due to posture have increased.
  3. Stiff neck. Torticollis is a condition in which the baby prefers to look in one direction rather than another. The baby will look in that direction, and will also sleep with his head facing in the favored direction.

Can plagiocephaly be prevented?

The answer is yes. There are factors to reduce plagiocephaly and we explain them below.

  1. When your child is sleeping, it is recommended that they continue to sleep on their back even with plagiocephaly. Although it is good that at times you also place it on its side and alternate between left and right. In this way the head will gradually adapt.
  1. You can use a preventive Plagiocephaly cushion. These pillows are excellent as they spread the pressure of the baby’s head and reposition the bones rounding the head.
  2. The more time the baby is out of the stroller or hammock, while he is awake, the better. This way you will control every movement of the baby and avoid bad postures for the baby.
  3. If the baby suffers from torticollis, take him to a physiotherapist as soon as possible, this way you will prevent your baby from always lying on the same side.
  4. If the Plagiocephaly is severe, you can opt for the Plagiocephaly helmet or the DOC BAND® orthopedic band .

What is the Plagiocephaly helmet?

If your baby’s Plagiocephaly is very pronounced, ideally you should wear a brace to fix the flat spot. Therapy varies depending on the severity of the baby’s flat spot. It can be used for several months according to the doctor’s recommendations. This helmet is unique and exclusive for each baby as it is made to measure. positive hoof results can be obtained up to one year of age.

At the first visit, you’ll learn about the seriousness of your baby’s plagiocephaly and the recommended treatment plan. As the baby’s head grows, the helmet will need to fit. The baby should wear the helmet for the maximum possible hours recommended by the doctor. Remember that you will get faster results if you strictly follow the doctor’s instructions.

We hope you have understood the causes of Plagiocephaly, if you want to know more we invite you to read the article on the consequences of Plagiocephaly . For more information you can contact us without obligation.

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