The flat head syndrome or positional plagiocephaly – is a condition in which the baby has developed a flat spot on the back or side of a baby’s head. It is caused by pressure on the bones of the skull before or after birth. It is usually not a cause for concern, especially if spotted and treated early. A most common reason for the development of positional plagiocephaly is the way a baby likes to lie in their first few months of life. There are a few things you can do to prevent the flat head syndrome.

positional plagiocephaly
Top of head of child with positional plagiocephaly (drawn by Huang MHS)/ Image Credit www.seattlechildrens.org

1. Change The Head Position

While sleeping on the back is the safest way for your baby to sleep, it is also important to pay attention to the side on which their head is turned every time they sleep. If it is left now, next time they go to sleep it should face the right side.

2. Change The Layout Of The Nursery

If you notice that some part or element of the nursery design or layout attracts too much of baby’s attention and the baby shows a preference for a certain direction, modify, move furniture, reorder. Or simply alternate ends each time your baby sleeps in the baby cot.

3. Variety is important

Choose different positions and ways for your baby to play and be held. When they are awake, avoid long periods lying on their back. Allow for at least 5-15 minutes a day tummy time on a firm and flat surface. Tummy position, when the baby is awake and always carefully supervised by a caregiver, helps in strengthening muscles. Encourage crawling, rolling, reaching, pushing, pulling, holding and grasping.

Note: You can use strollers, car seats, infant seats, bassinets, cribs, and playpens but remember that confining babies in one position for longer periods of time is not recommended. Babies need chances to move.

4. Watch The Sleeping Position

If your baby prefers to sleep every time toward the same side no matter your efforts to alternate left and right, see your GP immediately. The issue might need special attention in order to prevent the flat head syndrome.

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Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

4 Ways To Prevent Flat Head Syndrome In Babies

Is your baby developing a flat spot on either side of the head or on the back of the head? Are you worried about the flat head on your baby? It is called flat head syndrome – positional plagiocephaly. It is not a big cause for concern if you spot[…..]

Positional Plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly (PLAY-gee-oh-SEF-uh-lee) is a flat spot on the back or side of a baby’s head. It is caused by pressure on the bones of the skull before or after birth. This usually happens because of the way a baby likes to lie in their first few months of life.

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