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Flat Head Syndrome
Flat head syndrome: No. But if you if you smack you forehead every time you make a mistake or are asked a question and say I did not know that and slap your forehead you might. Dr. humor here. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more
What are safe methods to avoid flat head syndrome? Is it true that firm mattress and back only is the only way to go?
You can only: Get that when you are a baby As an adult your head is what you get!! ...Read more
My 4 month daughter has 'flat head' syndrome. Will her head get rounded out on its own as she gets older and grows and is this a serious or concerning?
Will change: The infant skull has 17 growth centers that push away from each other as the skull enlarges. In infants, gravity pushes the face down in sleep & flattens the back, while tummy time or upright feeding cancels the effect. By 6-9 mo, they sit & sleep less, the head improves. If the flattening is much to one side, consult the doc for exercises to lessen the effect. Rarely a shaping helmet is appropriate. ...Read more
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
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?
Tummy time...: In order to avoid flat head due to constant laying on back it is recommended to give tummy time to the baby while you are watching few times a day for a few minutes. Make sure you are closely supervising the baby and don't leave him (her) alone while the baby is on his (her) abdomen. When leaving the baby alone in his (her)crib ALWAYS put the baby to lay on back. ...Read more
Plagiocephaly: First your child should be evaluated and the need for therapy should assessed by a Pediatric Neurosurgeon. Some types of skull deformity may require surgery. Others may respond to helmet therapy. The type of treatment needed if any can only be determined after X-rays and evaluation by a neurosurgeon. ...Read more
Alternate positions: Try changing around her crib in her room. Babies often look at a light source, so try flipping her crib. Also do frequent "tummy time" while she is awake, to help her strengthen her back muscles. Have this checked at her six month checkup, if it's not improving, we can fit her with a "molding helmet" by a plastic surgeon. ...Read more
Flat head: A misshapen head may be caused by prenatal compressions rather than true synostosis. If this is the case, the misshapen head should resolve spontaneously within the first few months of life. ...Read more
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.
Hi, I have a question. Is having a flat head have something to do with having a flat butt? Because I actually have both and it makes me depress.
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My boy is2 month old and getting flat head I ordered special pillow from amazon and I will get it in two weeks or so, will it be late for him or?
Not recommended: I would not recommend a pillow of any type for an infant. Babies should sleep on their backs without any pillows or padding. They can smother if they get caught against it. Move your baby into different positions, and put him on his tummy off and on during the day. Mild flattening resolves on its own and most babies don't need any treatment at all. ...Read more
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 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 more
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 more
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
If really really bad: If one's head shape is so unusual that other people are often staring at it, or are often looking away to avoid staring at it, then one can contact the Craniofacial Surgery department at the nearest major medical center to see if anything can be done to make the head shape less unusual. A normal head with a flat spot is not considered bad enough to cut the skull and move things around. ...Read more
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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
Pretty much: This is our standard of care for a baby to reshape head. Keep in mind she's up and around much more than she used to be so this may continue to improve on its own. What does your pediatrician say about it? Are her fontanelles still open? A plastics referral may be in order. ...Read more
Generally none, but: If one's head shape is so unusual that other people are often staring at it, or are often looking away to avoid staring at it, then one can contact the Craniofacial Surgery department at the nearest major medical center to see if surgery can be done to make the head shape less unusual. A normal head with a flat spot is not considered bad enough to cut the skull and move things around. ...Read more
My baby now is sleeping on his side and seems to be causing his flat head to worsen. What should I do?
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 ...Read more
My daugthter is 11months old with flat head at the back and left side with right side popping out, will her head round about? And when
Positional changes: In skull shape are cosmetic & have no impact on development. Premature closure of a skull "suture, " the space between skull bones, can be associated with some syndromes or be an isolated finding in an otherwise neurotypical, healthy infant. Based on physical findings, your pediatrician will be able tell you if anything, like a ct scan, is necessary to look for premature closure of a suture. ...Read more