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Is it possible to get flat head syndrome as an adult?

Is it possible to get flat head syndrome as an adult?

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

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What is the most effective way to prevent flat head syndrome?

Rotate Baby: Discuss with pediatrician, but the best way to avoid this is to not let the baby sleep on its back all the time. Once swaddled you can rotate baby from side to side to minimize the flat head. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is there any way to treat flat head syndrome at the age of 17?

Is there any way to treat flat head syndrome at the age of 17?

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

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I am 22 year and I have flat head syndrome can it be corrected?

I am 22 year and I have flat head syndrome can it be corrected?

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

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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?

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 for play,: Back to sleep. See the aap's healthy child app or online at www. Aap. Org for age-appropriate toys & teaching. If there is no premature closure of sutures, the spaces between the skull bones, no treatment is needed. ...Read more

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What are safe methods to avoid flat head syndrome in newborn baby?

What are safe methods to avoid flat head syndrome in newborn baby?

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

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What type of doctor would treat flat head syndrome?

What type of doctor would treat flat head syndrome?

Plagiocephaly: Pediatric physical therapists can help with stretching and things. Your pediatrician can refer you for this for a child. Helmets can be worn to help some, too. ...Read more

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How can I cure my 10 month old's flat head?

How can I cure my 10 month old's flat head?

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

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My 4months old daughter has flat head what should I do?

My 4months old daughter has flat head what should I do?

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

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What is the definition or description of: Temporary flat head?

What is the definition or description of: Temporary flat head?

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

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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.

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.

Exam: Make an effort to position him on his other side. Have his head shape checked by his doctor and if there is a concern, get an XR to look at his suture formation. All the best. ...Read more

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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

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Why does my baby have a flat head?

Why does my baby have a flat head?

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

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How can I deal with having a flat head?

How can I deal with having a flat head?

No need to change: Once the growth plates in the skull have fused, usually by age 2 or 3 their is no way to change the shape of the head except extensive surgury ...Read more

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In what way can I correct my 3yr flat head?

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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What can I do to re-shape my baby’s flat head?

What can I do to re-shape my baby’s flat head?

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

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Will my baby’s flat head hinder his development?

Will my baby’s flat head hinder his development?

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

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I'm an adult and I have a flat head what can I do?

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

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I have a flat head and I'm 17 can I fix this?? Its so ugly

I have a flat head and I'm 17 can I fix this?? Its so ugly

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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How much repositioning is needed in order to correct a severely flat head on a baby?

How much repositioning is needed in order to correct a severely flat head on a baby?

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

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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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Are helmets the only way to reshape a 9 month old head? She has flat head that is noticeable.

Are helmets the only way to reshape a 9 month old head? She has flat head that is noticeable.

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

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Hi. I'm 16 now & I have a FLAT HEAD. My question is what's the treatment for that. Thank you?

Hi. I'm 16 now & I have a FLAT HEAD. My question is what's the treatment for that. Thank you?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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