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Flat Head Deformity
My son has flat head on his left side. He doesn't have any facial deformities. How are you certain it will cure itself? He is 10 months old.
From lying on it...: Usually, whichever side is down will flatten under the weight of the rest of the head. This does not in any way affect the content of the head (brain), and the cosmetic effect is mitigated once the hair grows out. After that, the head reshapes itself into its proper shape. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am very concerned about my baby's flat head syndrome. I am doing everything i can but i'm still worried her head will stay like that. Please give me?
No: A flat head (plagiocephaly) does not affect development, and the flatness will go away as your baby spends more time on his tummy when awake and begins to roll, crawl and move. However, a baby who has developmental problems is more likely to have a persistent flat head since he is not moving around as he should. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This may be genetic: Your physician can help clarify if this is genetic. By that I mean it can run in families. There are famous people like the football player Kevin Singletary who had a flat head and this runs in his family. ...Read more
No: However, one can talk with his primary care doctor to see how bad the problem is. Almost always, the problem is cosmetic and has no effect on brain, head, or neck functioning. If a head is severely misshapen, such as in cases of uncorrected birth defects, or uncorrected skull trauma from the past, one can check with a craniofacial team at a major medical center. ...Read more
Proper Positioning: Since 1992, when the usa started putting babies to sleep on their backs, there has been an increase in temporary flattening of the head (plagiocephaly). This resolves with time and may take years. Helmets are rarely recommended as the don't provide much benefit over waiting. Limiting time on the back when awake is most important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cranial Deformity : Although cranial molding can be done very successful in children, adults with non growing brains do not respond well to cranium passive contouring. The only way to truly remodel the cranium is to physically reshape the skull. The main question to ask yourself is if the flatness is truly worth the risks of surgical correction. Consult a cranialfacial surgeon and a hairstylist. ...Read more
Flat head: Strongly advise you see a specialist that can diagnose and treat this problem for your baby. Talk to your doctor. This should be done asap. Doctors can prescibe medical soft helmets to be worn to help the babies head develope to avoid the flattening, before it becomes a permanent problem. ...Read more
Flat head: Flat heads occur from laying on the back side as infants. To correct it you would have need to reposition the child more side to side or a molding helmet, at 3 years of age too late for that. ...Read more
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