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Does My Baby Have Plagiocephaly?

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Does My Baby Have Plagiocephaly?

Babies’ heads are wonderfully malleable, which allow for more flexibility in the birthing process as well crucial brain development in their first year.  However, the malleability can also affect a baby’s head shape, especially if your baby constantly rests his or her head in the same position for an extended period of time.

Plagiocephaly is a condition in which a baby is either born with or develops a flat spot on their head.  Often, plagiocephaly occurs when babies spend ample time lying on their back, but it can also be caused by pressure to the skull from constricted movement while in the uterus.  With breech babies, or in cases where there are multiple births, the baby may become wedged underneath its mother’s ribs and develop positional plagiocephaly. 

What are the signs of plagiocephaly?

Babies typically have misshapen heads after vaginal deliveries or because of the pressure in the uterus, and most self-correct after six weeks.  If your baby’s head hasn’t returned to a natural, round shape after six weeks, he or she may be showing signs of positional plagiocephaly. 

When should I worry about a flat spot?

While most babies’ heads round out after 6 months of age, if you notice a flat spot on your baby after 6 weeks, be sure to speak with your doctor.  As your baby grows, his or her head will become less malleable and correcting the spot may become more difficult. 

What happens after I talk to our doctor?

If your baby has plagiocephaly, your doctor will refer you to a specialist for diagnosis and treatment.  Depending on the age of your baby and the severity of the condition, you may be recommended repositional therapy, which is comprised of simple actions at home that will help your baby’s head round out.  If his or her condition is more severe, you may be recommended to use a cranial remolding helmet. 

If you’re worried about your baby developing plagiocephaly, alternate the direction your baby’s head is facing during bedtime, naps, feedings, and sitting time. 

At Level 4 , we care deeply about the health of your baby.  If you have questions about plagiogephaly or how a cranial remolding helmet works, give us a call today!