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Doctor insights on: Baby Holds Head Back Too Far

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Do babies get flat spots on their heads if they sleep on their backs?

Do babies get flat spots on their heads if they sleep on their backs?

Yes: Some babies develop a flattened head (positional plagiocephaly) due to spending a lot of time on their backs. The soft bones of the scalp facilitate brain growth during the first year and can be molded during this time. Make sure to rotate sleeping positions and give your baby supervised tummy time while awake. ...Read more

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How long it takes for babies head to round about? Her right head looks popping out and left little inside and flat at the back.

How long it takes for babies head to round about? Her right head looks popping out and left little inside and flat at the back.

Plagiocephaly: You describe positional flattening that has become very common. Back to sleep has left many children with flattening of back of the head that corrects over 6 to 9 months. Helmet treatment may help early on, but normal brain growth will correct this over time. ...Read more

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The back of my head is flat & I know with babies u can treat it - prob not with older ppl but does it affect my intelligence & how I think?

The back of my head is flat & I know with babies u can treat it - prob not with older ppl but does it affect my intelligence & how I think?

Maybe/no: Reshaping a skull for a young adult would require major surgery where they remove/reshape your skull bones and re-insert them.This would also include extensive time in an ICU after surgery & a variety of risks. The flat backside of your head has no effect on intelligence or how you think.It is easy to find fault with yourself at 16, but likely not evident t others. Hair covers well. You can thrive ...Read more

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My infant is 2 weeks old and I've been bad about supporting her head so that it has flopped back or forward. Worried I did damage..how do I know??

Mgt: It is important to support her head, but if the head went only in one direction, it is probably alright. I would suggest a follow up with your PCP. If there is any change in her usual behavior or feeding pattern, please see the ED. ...Read more

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How long it takes for babies head to round about?

How long it takes for babies head to round about?

Stages: Baby heads can get pretty pointy during birth--but generally look much better even after as little as 24 - 48 hours. Some babies develop flat spots or other deformities over time related to sleep position, and sometimes to other problems like torticollis, or sometimes rare conditions. Depending on your baby's age, it might be a good idea to discuss this with your pediatrician and have an exam. ...Read more

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What would cause a babies head to grow at a slow rate?

What would cause a babies head to grow at a slow rate?

Family trend?: Small heads can be a normal family trait. So can large heads. Head growth is a measure of brain growth, but is not a measure of brain function. Some babies have smaller heads but are very smart and healthy. Your pediatrician will carefully monitor growth and development. Any problems can be dealt with in an appropriate manner. ...Read more

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Can too much calcium during pregnacy cause hard-headed babies?

Can too much calcium during pregnacy cause hard-headed babies?

No: Your calcium intake is not likely to affect the pregnancy regardless of whether it is too high or too low. The placenta does a very good job of providing what the baby needs and protecting it from what it doesn't need. ...Read more

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Whats the treatment of veins that pops out in babies head n face?

Whats the treatment of veins that pops out in babies head n face?

May be normal: Baby's skin is very thin and thus veins can be obvious. Veins are normally greenish. If the "veins" you mentioned are of different color, your friendly pediatrician maybe able to help you. ...Read more

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Why do babies sling their head side to side?

Why do babies sling their head side to side?

Too heavy: The head is heavy and little babies (0-4 months) do not yet have strong enough neck muscles to control it so it sort of falls to one side. Gets better by 4 months. Older babies often do things because they figured out they can. ...Read more