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Why Is My Head So Flat
Hard to say?: Without a picture or an exam, I don't believe anyone can tell you. Repharase your quesition and give more information. Age would ben nice to know. Any trauma. Since birth? Do your relatives look the same? Interesting question but just can't answer based on your limited question. Sorry! That is my flat-out answer! ...Read more
Back to sleep: Pediatricians now universally recommend putting babies to sleep on their backs to avoid sids (sudden infant death syndrome). Since a babies' skull bones do not fuse together until about 15 months of age, they move causing a flattening of the back of the head. This is temporary, as long as you give your baby plenty of "tummy time" when she is awake. ...Read more
That is the shape: Every one has different shaped head due to many different factors. Your head is flat in the back is the way your head is. As long as you grew alright as a child and there are no other symptoms or problems since birth. There should be no problem. Head shape can be affected during birth and after birth as the head is growing and also due to genetic factors. ...Read more
I know heads can be formed in all shapes & sizes but is it normal for the back of a 4mo old baby's head to be flat?
Yes this is generally a normal finding. The skull of a baby is very malleable and still "growing". The shape can still change at this point.
Speak with your primary doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more
Why does my head seem to be bigger then my body,? Why is my face do flat?? Is there any way to make it appear smaller and not as flat
Mirror Mirror....: This is an interesting question about body image and perception. How have you come to make this assessment about the proportions of your head, face, and body? Has someone you trust, or a professional made this assessment? Is it true for you no matter which mirror you look in? I would suggest visiting a doctor to assess if there really is anything concerning about the proportions of you head/face. ...Read more
My son is 2 months tomorrow his right side of his head is formed ok but the left side is flat & looks weird. He was suction out of me. What should I do?
Head shape: Sometime babies that are on their back all of the time, can get flat spots on their head. They need tummy time, under observation, every day. Two months is early for these changes. Some head asymmetry is normal, but have your doctor check it out at your next well baby check. Suction is placed in the center, usually at the top of the head, towards the back. ...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
See below: I think you me your child's head. The back of the head can be flat, which is related to the child sleeping on his/her back. As time goes on, the flattening usually resolves. As long as your child's doctor is not concerned about your child's ability to move his/her head, then nothing to worry about. ...Read more
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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
Because it is: When you lay down, 500-1000ml of blood volume which had previously been stored in the legs is released from the pull of gravity and can contribute to the perfusion pressures of the head and brain, and gravity is no longer decreasing the pressure of blood rising to the head. The brain rapidly compensates for this but the facial vessels much less rapidly so you can get a transient flushing. ...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
Should I be worry if the head circumference percentile always stay flat? For example, 50% at 1 month and 50% at two months?
No Worry: The "percentile" for head circumference is a reflection of your child's head circumference comparred to others, and it is best if the "percentile" does not change greatly. 50% at 1 mo and 2 mo means your child's rate of head growth is perfectly fine. Concern only when head circumference increases/decreases by more than 2 standard deviations. Example: 50% at 1 mo, then 95% at 6 mos. ...Read more
I have a flat spot on my crown area on my head but it just appeared recently. What should I do? It wasn't there when I was 15 but it appeared now
Do nothing.: It was probably always there but just noticed now. ...Read more
Hi, I'm 16 and my head is quite flat on the back. I'm self conscious about this and was wondering if it's normal and if anything can be done to help.
Not unusual and...:
This is not at all uncommon- most people have a slightly misshapen skull!
As for being self-conscious, I am guessing many if not most do not even notice- and hair can go a long way to camouflage this.
As for anything to help, I advise you consult with a cranial osteopath- a series of gentle treatments over time should lessen this and improve your health!
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Good luck! ...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?
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
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
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