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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Deformed Shape Of Skull (Definition)

A deformed or altered shape of the skull is common in newborns. Newborn head molding is an abnormal head shape that results from pressure on the ...Read more


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Do I need to give my baby a helmet if he has a flat head?

Do I need to give my baby a helmet if he has a flat head?

No: Depending on the type of head deformity, such as in the case of craniosynostosis or premature closure of the plates forming the newborn skull, the treatment is surgery and is emergent. Your doctor can help you know if your child has this condition. ...Read more

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Should I get a helmet for my child? I fear that his head will be misshaped his whole life. He is currently 8 months old.

Should I get a helmet for my child? I fear that his head will be misshaped his whole life. He is currently 8 months old.

Cranial banding: is considered for children with skull deformities, and ideally started before 6 months of age. Each child is carefully evaluated and measured by the cranial banding team, and those who are candidates are offered the helmet. If the helmet has been recommended for him at this stage, it will likely be of value in preventing long term skull asymmetry. ...Read more

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Could a 4 mth old who doesn't hold his head up and his large head be concerns for autism?

Could a 4 mth old who doesn't hold his head up and his large head be concerns for autism?

A 4 months: Old should be holding his head without head lagging unless ex-premie, then need to correct age. You would be more concerned about hydrocephalus and other developmental delays rather than autism. Need to see your pediatrician for complete exam and referral to specialist if indicated. ...Read more

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My child has flat head and my pediatrician doesn't recommend helmets. What should I do? She is 8 1/2 months old.

My child has flat head and my pediatrician doesn't recommend helmets. What should I do? She is 8 1/2 months old.

2nd opinion: The term flat head is not very specific. A few may benefit from helmet therapy while a lot self correct. If the idea of waiting to see bothers you,get a 2nd opinion form another doc with appropriate experience evaluating these cases. ...Read more

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My son's right side of his head is flat. How can I help him now that he is 8 months old without using a helmet? Chiropractor a thought?

Check with the pedia: pediatrician but I'm certain that the final size and shape of the skull is not final at this age. I believe these type of situations are not rare and almost always resolve in about 1-2 years. ...Read more

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My 14 month old son has banged his head & his a bump on his head but seems fine do I need to take him to hospital

My 14 month old son has banged his head & his a bump on his head but seems fine do I need to take him to hospital

No knockout/no pbm: The trauma that knocks you out, even briefly, has produced a concussion.If the trauma wasn't enough to cause even brief loss of function is unlikely to ever yield brain damage. A bump coming out, means he took a good ding, but should do fine.Some will throw up once or seem dazed with a headache.If he starts vomiting multiple times, i would have him seen. ...Read more

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What does the term lemon head mean for an unborn baby. My granddaughter in law went to a ob and they told her baby may have lemon head. Should we be worried?

What does the term lemon head mean for an unborn baby. My granddaughter in law went to a ob and they told her baby may have lemon head. Should we be worried?

Although : Although I am not familiar with the term "lemonhead". I suspect it may be similar to other slang like "cone head" or "melon head". If correct, this would signify that the baby's head may apppear elongated after it passes through the birth canal due to pressure of labor. The baby's head will become a normal shape again. I wish that medical personnel would not use this kind of term because it often scares and upset patients. ...Read more

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My roommate fell off her bike and hit her head (wearing a helmet). She doesn't think she has a concussion, but what should we look out for?

You don't: If any person has head injury , trained person ( ER Or doctor ) the best person must be first one for evaluation to avoid tragedies and will instruct what to look for . ...Read more

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Should i worry about my son's flat spot? Our pediatrician recently told us that our son had a flat spot on the back of his head. She said we could leave it or have a pediatric plastic surgeon take a look at it to see if a helmet is needed. While she act

Should i worry about my son's flat spot? Our pediatrician recently told us that our son had a flat spot on the back of his head.  She said we could leave it or have a pediatric plastic surgeon take a look at it to see if a helmet is needed.  While she act

How much ??: A statement that the kid has a flat spot doesn't need to send you to a orthotic person for a helmet or anything else.Explore how much of an issue your son has and the doc's recommendations.Most babies that back sleep as recommended will develop a flat spot. Most will disappear naturally as the kid assumes other positions for sleep or play. If the shape worsens over time a consult is reasonable. ...Read more

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My daughter hit her head on a wooden dowel, how can tell if everything is ok?

My daughter hit her head on a wooden dowel, how can tell if everything is ok?

S: Look at her. If she is acting normally, then she is fine. This type of head injury is highly unlikely to cause a problem. You should be concerned if your child has repeated episodes of vomiting, is lethargic, or seems confused. If you are unsure, it is best to call your doctor. ...Read more

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My baby got a cone head from the vacuum. Will she be ok?

My baby got a cone head from the vacuum. Will she be ok?

Usually OK: Vacuum assisted delivery can cause soft tissue swelling of a newborn's head, which usually resolves in the first few days of life. It is important that a pediatrician check your baby's head soon after delivery. ...Read more

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My infant's head does not seem to be the right shape. Will his head assume a more normal shape?

My infant's head does not seem to be the right shape.  Will his head assume a more normal shape?

Plagiocephaly: Infant skulls are soft often flatten. The odd shape is called plagiocephaly. It can reverse by making him sleep on his back, alternate the head to right then left, place your baby on his stomach while awake and in an infant chair when appropriate to reduce the pressure on the skull. Also often the neck muscles get stiff. If your infant is stiff, then rotate the neck gently and hold 5 to 10 sec ...Read more

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What should I do if my infant has bumped head on 2 ft. Fall into a dresser?

What should I do if my infant has bumped head on 2 ft. Fall into a dresser?

He needs head images: In children less than two years of age, even minor head trauma can be complicated by skull fractures and intracranial injury. If you have an infant less than 12 months of age, that fell 2 feet in to a hard surface, he should be taken in to be seen by his pediatrician or to the er for imaging of his head as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can a baby (not a newborn) get more ear infections if he sleeps on his back or on his stomach?

Can a baby (not a newborn) get more ear infections if he sleeps on his back or on his stomach?

The real...: ...Risk factor is drinking while lying on her back. Sleeping position has little if anything to do with ear infections. ...Read more

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5 month old baby has a bald spot at the back of his head. Normal? What can I do?

5 month old baby has a bald spot at the back of his head. Normal? What can I do?

Normal Baby: This usually comes from the position they are sleeping in and self corrects with time. ...Read more

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Could a 2 month old forcefully hitting her head into my head while I burp her cause a concussion or brain damage to her?

Could a 2 month old forcefully hitting her head into my head while I burp her cause a concussion or brain damage to her?

Very Unlikely : This is very unlikely. If you have any concerns that a 2 month old baby could have a concussion or brain damage (difficulty staying awake, excessive irritability, swelling/bruising on the head or face, abnormal body movements, etc..), it is very important that you have the baby evaluated in person. ...Read more

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2 months old baby has bumps on her head , corner of ear, back of neck. What can it be and what should I do?

2 months old baby has bumps on her head , corner of ear, back of neck. What can it be and what should I do?

Several things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more