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My infant's head does not seem to be the right shape. Will his head assume a more normal shape?

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Dr. Ira Rubin
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Plagiocephaly

Infant skulls are soft often flatten.
The odd shape is called plagiocephaly. It can reverse by making him sleep on his back, alternate the head to right then left, place your baby on his stomach while awake and in an infant chair when appropriate to reduce the pressure on the skull. Also often the neck muscles get stiff. If your infant is stiff, then rotate the neck gently and hold 5 to 10 sec

In brief: Plagiocephaly

Infant skulls are soft often flatten.
The odd shape is called plagiocephaly. It can reverse by making him sleep on his back, alternate the head to right then left, place your baby on his stomach while awake and in an infant chair when appropriate to reduce the pressure on the skull. Also often the neck muscles get stiff. If your infant is stiff, then rotate the neck gently and hold 5 to 10 sec
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: See His Pediatrician

Since the early 1990s it has been recommended that babies sleep on their backs to avoid SIDS.
One result is that many babies can have a flat spot on the side of the head they prefer to lie on. This usually rounds up with time. However, heads can get distorted by abnormal head growth as well. I would point out your concerns to the pediatrician at his next well visit appointment.

In brief: See His Pediatrician

Since the early 1990s it has been recommended that babies sleep on their backs to avoid SIDS.
One result is that many babies can have a flat spot on the side of the head they prefer to lie on. This usually rounds up with time. However, heads can get distorted by abnormal head growth as well. I would point out your concerns to the pediatrician at his next well visit appointment.
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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Excellent advice ! If your child's head has any features or findings that warrant a further look, seeing your PCP may be the best first step, have a doctor examine your child's head for further information and possible treatment
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

His head shape can change over time as long as their is normal shaping/room to grow.
There are multiple factors at play in this situation. He should be evaluated by your doctor.

In brief: Yes

His head shape can change over time as long as their is normal shaping/room to grow.
There are multiple factors at play in this situation. He should be evaluated by your doctor.
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Dr. Sari Nabulsi
If your child has plagiocephaly, which is abnormally shaped head, you might want to try positional changes by putting the baby on her/his tummy more. If at 4-6 months it didnot get better, you need to see you doctor about a helmet or DOC band
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

His head shape will probably improve with time-- but you need to have him examined by his pediatrician to make sure it's a simple problem, and get some more-specific advice to help prevent further head-flattening.

In brief: Yes

His head shape will probably improve with time-- but you need to have him examined by his pediatrician to make sure it's a simple problem, and get some more-specific advice to help prevent further head-flattening.
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