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Is it normal for my newborn to have an oddly shaped head?
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David Escobar
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The newborn skull is often slightly misshapen (the classic look is that of a cone head) after birth.
This is due to the skull bones being squeezed during the vaginal birthing process. This is a normal occurrence, and the skull bones will settle on their own within a few weeks.

In brief: Yes
The newborn skull is often slightly misshapen (the classic look is that of a cone head) after birth.
This is due to the skull bones being squeezed during the vaginal birthing process. This is a normal occurrence, and the skull bones will settle on their own within a few weeks.
David Escobar
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Dr. Theresa Willett
Those cute hats in the nursery are not just for warmth- gotta hide the funny-shaped heads : -) Even C-section deliveries can lead to 'squeezed' and lumpy heads, but as long as the baby is healthy, there should be nothing to worry about. If the shape is not improving after 2 weeks or so, do bring it up with the baby's doctor.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Tummy time
Coneheads are normal for newborns.
However, flattening of the back of the head is not. This is often caused by babies being on their back as the preferred position. To prevent this, each baby should stay on their stomachs for between 30 to 60 minutes a day collectively ar about 5 - 10 minutes an hour until the desired time is met. This should be statred as early as possible after birth.

In brief: Tummy time
Coneheads are normal for newborns.
However, flattening of the back of the head is not. This is often caused by babies being on their back as the preferred position. To prevent this, each baby should stay on their stomachs for between 30 to 60 minutes a day collectively ar about 5 - 10 minutes an hour until the desired time is met. This should be statred as early as possible after birth.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
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