flat head, please help

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flat head, please help

Postby dawn13 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:27 pm

My son has a flat side on the back of his head -I have tried hard since his 3rd month to resolve this. It is more on the side of the back rather than in the center of the back. He is now 5 months old. It is pretty noticeable, mainly when looking from above, straight down on his head. Who has encountered this with their baby and what did you do -did you get a helmet? Is it too late to help him? I am nervous he will have a permanently lopsided head! What sort of specialist would I see? I just read that delayed development is linked to flat head! thanks
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Postby meg1492 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:23 am

It's not too late. Go to your pedi and talk to them about it.

You might need a helmut or you might just need to do some neck muscle stretching exercises. It's not the end of the world. Most babies it resolves itself, but your pedi will be able to get you to the right people.
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Postby babyhue » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:14 am

Sebastian has a flat head too. He also has a hematoma on one side so this has made him favour the opposite side. It is not too late and don't panic. Most babies resolve it once they are sitting up more. It will be just fine!!

Talk to your pedi and don't worry!! :) Have your LO sit up more than laying down and increase tummy time.
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Postby Lindsey » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:36 pm

Definitely ask your pedi about it. If they think its bad they will refer to you a specialist. We went through the same thing with Isabel. She had plagiocephaly (flat head caused by torticollis). We saw the neuro and in the end she didn't end up needing a helmet though.

We did make a lot of changes at home though. Gave her LOTS of tummy time (even though she HATED it at first), got a special mattress and head rest for plagiocephaly. She is now 2.5 and her head is fine.
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Postby trulyblssd » Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:42 pm

My first son had it and I was worried, but it did resolve itself once he wasn't lying down all day long.
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Postby Kristyn » Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:35 am

If it's really bad there are special "helmets" kids can wear on and off for a few months that help shape the head.
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Postby Bee-Jeweled » Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:46 am

my DD has pretty severe torticollis when she was born from her positioning in my womb - her head was always turned to the right cuz the muscles on that side of her neck were tighter. i freaked out too, but try not too. i did some research and talked to my pedi and we started to doing neck excercises with every diaper change (turning head slowly from right to left a few times) and putting her down to sleep on her left side for naps. there wasn't much we could do at nighttime when we put her to sleep on her back, but we did LOTS (and i mean LOTS) of tummy time during the day. this really helped her strengthen her neck muscles and she was turning her head from left to right on her own in no time.

i would suggest talking to your pedi - i'm guessing they'll suggest exercises and tummy time first and if that doesn't work a helmet is always an option.

FYI - our DD's head is perfectly round now!
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