Many babies suffer from what is commonly referred to as ‘flat head’ syndrome. There are many different names for different kinds of flattening’s to a baby’s head. The most common being Plagiocephally.
Plagiocephaly is a condition characterized by an asymmetrical distortion (flattening of one side) of the skull. It is characterized by a flat spot on the back or one side of the head caused by remaining in a supine position for too long.
Plagiocephally can be diagnosed at birth and may be the result of a restricted intrauterine environment giving a flattening to one side of the skull. Neonates (babies born prematurely are also at increased risk of developing plagiocephally)
The incidence of plagiocephally has also increased dramatically since the advent of anti –Sudden Infant Death syndrome recommendations for parents to sleep their babies on their back.
If plagiocephally is detected early and the correct positioning advice is followed by parents these babies can show fantastic improvements quickly with no secondary complications.
The longer it is before your baby’s plagiocephally is detected or treated your baby is at risk of a developmental delay which in the long term can lead to delayed walking and an uncoordinated ‘clumsy child’.
If your child’s plagiocephally has not been addressed by four months of age you are at significant risk of your child’s head not remoulding and them having a long term head flattening. These children have problems when older getting bicycle helmets and hats to fit.
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