A 31-year-old female asked:
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my baby now is sleeping on his side and seems to be causing his flat head to worsen. what should i do?

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
36 years experience Pediatrics
Examination Needed: Age unknown. Positional flattening: can occur due to persistent pressure on an area of skull; association w/ torticollis; may need therapy & more. However a condition called Craniosynostosis causes: premature closure of skull bones; severe head/facial deformities; restrictive skull growth can cause brain damage, & more; requires surgical fix. See baby's doctor now for correct diagnosis & treatment
Answered on Apr 13, 2015
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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
35 years experience Pediatrics
Be patient : It is difficult and sometimes dangerous to force your baby to sleep in certain positions, the best you can do is to make the crib safe, use good sleep hygiene techniques - cool bedroom, quiet area to sleep, no super late feedings, same routine before bed to quiet baby down every night, a lot of patience, and review your baby's head shape with your pediatrician regularly. Helmets are NOT good idea
Answered on Apr 13, 2015
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